Twitch LEAK and 2FA passwords: How to enable two-factor authentication after alleged hack

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Streaming platform Twitch has reportedly suffered a massive data breach.

According to the latest reports, the streaming platform Twitch was hacked earlier this week.

The entire site is believed to have been compromised, including the source code and comments from the early days of Twitch.

There are disturbing allegations that encrypted passwords may have also been leaked.

If the rumors are true, it’s worth updating your Twitch passwords and enabling two-factor authentication (2FA).

Two-factor authentication gives users an extra layer of security and requires the use of a one-time passcode sent to phones.

Twitch explains more: “Twitch offers two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect your account from unauthorized logins.

“Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) means it takes two different authentication methods to log into your Twitch account: your password and your mobile phone.

“If your password has been hacked, your account will not be accessible without the unique code sent to your phone.”

If you want to set up 2FA on Twitch, check out the guide below for more information.

Set up two-factor authentication (2FA)…

• To begin setting up Two-Factor Authentication, the email address associated with your Twitch account must be verified.

– Once your account has been verified and you are ready to set up 2FA, go to the Security & Privacy Settings page. From there, follow these steps:

• Select Set up two-step verification

• Select Enable 2FA

• Enter your phone number (we do not recommend using VOIP numbers) and select Continue

• Enter the 7-digit verification code you receive via SMS and select Continue

• If you have a preferred verification app, you can now scan the QR code displayed with your phone’s camera. If you enable two-factor authentication on the Twitch mobile app, you must use SMS.

• If you don’t have an authentication app, you need to download one from your phone’s respective app store. You can also choose to use SMS as an authenticator if you cannot use an authenticator app.

According to the report, the same Twitch leak contains information about mobile, desktop and console clients.

That’s on top of information for other Twitch-owned platforms, as well as other tools.

The massive data breach also includes Creators payouts, which show how much users are being paid for their streams.

At the time of writing, the Twitch support page has yet to acknowledge the breach, although a report on VGC claims the company is aware of the issue.

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