We love our privacy and the ability to control our online accounts on social media platforms. No one fancies the idea of being hacked, but still, we see it happen occasionally to people who didn’t know any better. Keep in mind that these people whose accounts hacked at some point believed that their existing Facebook account security was impenetrable. But in the end, only having a unique login password was not enough to keep intruders out.
Thankfully, for anyone who wants additional security measures on their Facebook account, there is something they can do. Facebook provides a way for users to step up the protection of their privacy as well as give them more control over their Facebook experience.
What is two-factor authentication?
A few years ago, Facebook introduced Login Approvals. It is a two-factor authentication system that requires users to enter a code sent to their mobile devices through text messages. The text messages are sent whenever a login attempt is made on their account from a device which Facebook doesn’t recognize. When the login is successful you will able to save that device as yours. Doing this means you won’t have to pass through the challenge on that device in the future.
This feature essentially prevents unauthorized logins and ultimately serves as a blockade for hackers trying to login to your account. Before anyone else tries to access your account, you will get a code via text which they can’t use.
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How to set up two-factor authentication
If you think two-factor authentication sounds stressful, well, it is. When you turn on this feature, you will be making your login attempts longer for yourself as well. You’ll have to spend extra time proving to Facebook that you are who you say you are. You’ll have to prove your identity to log in from a new device if your devices are out of reach. But this is a worthwhile process as it also makes it much harder for hackers to seize control of your account.
Below are steps to set it up.
Login to your Facebook account through your mobile device or desktop computer and go to settings
Click on Security and Login
Scroll down and enable Two-Factor Authentication
Follow the instructions provided and that’s it.
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Setting up two-factor authentication doesn’t mean you don’t have to do anything to guard your Facebook account. Two-factor authentication helps you with hacking attacks that are out of your control. The protection of your mobile devices is still in your hands.