Facebook has added an extra layer of security which it says will make your account “hack proof”.
The social media site is rolling out support for security keys, a physical device that plugs into your USB drive which is used to authenticate the login details to your Facebook account.
The security key can even clip onto your keyring so you can take it with you wherever you go.
The security keys are entirely optional but allow you to add a form of two-factor authentication to your account, and additional level of security that goes beyond using your regular password.
If you have a Gmail account or use online banking you are probably familiar with two-factor authentication, which normally works by sending you an SMS with a code which you have to enter in order to login to the website or service you are trying to access.
However, the security key makes this process easier, as it is quicker to plug the device into your USB, rather than having to wait to receive an SMS then entering a code. It also reduces the chances of you falling victim to a phishing attack in the event of receiving a malicious SMS.
If you decide to use one of the new security keys, you can rest assured that even if your login details were to fall into the hands of hackers, they would not be able to access your account without the security key.
Facebook has become the first social network to add support for security keys, although similar products are available to Dropbox and Google users.
The security keys are available from a firm called Yubico.
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