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Facebook Introduces New Login Security Features

Optional notifications and identity checks tied to known devices lists

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Don’t be surprised if you see a drop-off in "John Doe is the worst boyfriend ever"-style status updates on Facebook starting this week.  Facebook has introduced two measures designed to make sure no one other than an account’s rightful owner is able to take control of it.

The first feature is the logically named "Login Notification."  Users just have to introduce Facebook to whatever devices they use to access the site – say a home computer, a work computer, and a mobile phone – and then Facebook can email an account’s owner when a different device is brought into the mix.  Facebook will even text people, as well.

Then there’s one extra step to make sure people don’t receive the notification too late.  A post on the Facebook Blog explained, "When we see that someone is trying to access your account from an unusual device, we’ll ask the person to answer an additional verification question to prove his or her identity as the real account owner.  For example, we might ask the person to enter a birth date, identify a friend in a photo or answer a security question if you’ve previously provided one."

Clever, right?  Facebook isn’t going to force its users to jump through hoops, either, leaving these features optional.  In fact, you’ll have to look for the "Account Security" link on the "Account Settings" page if you feel like taking advantage of them.

Of course, even though these security measures (and that freedom of choice) may be much appreciated, it’s hard to forget that many people remain quite concerned that Facebook’s opt-out privacy settings may cause their personal info to be shared, anyway.

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  • http://www.carplanet.com.au/ Chresly

    Indeed, clever! nice that facebook has come up with that “Login Notification”. I’m also a facebook addict and sometimes I have this fear that somebody might hack my account just like what happened to the account of one of my friends. Someone open it and posted an undesirable shout out in his wall. Wish it would not happen to me also. By the way, i’m a freelance writer and usually writes about car reviews for my friend’s site. Wish you could have time to drop by it also. Thanks again for sharing that helpful info.

  • http://artofparchmentcraft.com Guest

    I ran into this yesterday. My browser is set to delete cookies each time I log off. The added step of “registering your computer,” once this security measure is activated, was one too many hoops for me to jump through. So, I thought I’d set the browser to save the FB cookies, so I wouldn’t have to register the computer each time I log in. Forget that! FB is almost as invasive as a damn hacker!

  • http://hubpages.com/profile/dame+scribe Gin

    I think it’s great to have the option to secure ones FB acct. I say great job, FB. I enjoy keeping up with the latest news and say ty to WP News too! :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dsl77/sets/72157624103690398/ Guest

    Facebook shoots itself in the foot again. The new verification procedure caught me off guard last week when I was on the road and tried to log in to Facebook from a hotel lobby computer. Instead of being asked to type in my birth date, which would have been a piece of cake, I was asked to identify photos taken by my Facebook “friends.” I’ve never met half of the people on my Facebook friends list, much less looked at the photos they’ve posted. I can’t be the only person who is staying off of Facebook to protest that stupid photo verification procedure. I wasn’t concerned about security and having my Facebook posts transmitted all over the web, but I will not go through that idiotic photo identification procedure to get into Facebook. Page views are said to be very important in Facebook’s business model, but I’m not going to even attempt to get back into Facebook until they backtrack on that stupid idiotic photo verification idea.

  • vocater

    Hi, I understand about the concern of keeping my account safe by telling me when you suspect a hack. But the Security check really Pissed me off when I just made a normal mistake of entering a wrong detail and dint give me an option to retry the one detail..It went straight to asking me my “SECURIT QUESTION” Which I dont even remember puting, and If I did I cant even remember when and what I wrote!! Coz that was ages!!! Atleast there should be a way of sending my Personal Details like those to my email!!??
    Upto now I cant access my account coz its stil goin back to the same step!!!

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