Facebook updates its two-factor authentication – here’s how to make your account more secure

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The social media behemoth, Facebook recently announced improvements to its two-factor authentication feature.

Two-step has quickly become the safest practice for providing additional online account security.

One of Facebook’s product managers, Scott Dickens wrote in recent blog post that, “The site is making it easier to enable two-step authentication with a streamlined setup flow that walks users through the process.”

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The company is also developing other ways for users to secure their accounts without registering their phone number.

Dickens wrote, “We previously required a phone number in order to set up two-step authentication, to help prevent account lock-outs. Now that we have redesigned the feature to make the process easier to use third-party authentication apps like Google Authenticator and Duo Security on both desktop and mobile, we are no longer making the phone number mandatory.”

He went on to explain how this strategy is an industry-best practice for providing additional account security, “We continue to encourage enabling two-step authentication to add an extra layer of protection to your Facebook account.”

All these new measures are a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the company will continue to take steps to protect users’ data and privacy.

Facebook has also been busy working on eradicating fake accounts, over the past two quarters they said they have disabled close to a staggering 1.3 billion. Many of the fake accounts were bots that were released to spread spam or to engage in other nefarious activities.

How to setup two factor authentication on Facebook

1. Go to Settings > Account settings
2. Click on “Security and Login”
3. Click on “Use two-factor authentication”
4. Follow the on screen prompts

After setting up two factor authentication on your Facebook the next time you login from another device you will need to enter the code.

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