Thursday, October 27, 2011

Facebook Ups Security

On Thursday, October 27 Facebook decided to implement security features that should work to further protect its users. The new security features include adding the option for passwords for apps and “trusted friends.”

"What are 'trusted friends'?" one might ask. The trusted friends feature will allow users to choose three to five friends that they obviously trust that can help them if they are ever, for some reason or another, locked out of their account. "We'll send codes to the friends you have selected, then you can log back into your account using these codes after your friends have passed them along to you," said Facebook.

Facebook claims that the feature is just like giving a friend of yours a key to your home while you are on vacation.

Since there have been recent security issues that Facebook has faced surrounding third party apps, Facebook will now let users add a password to many of its apps.

"There are tons of applications you can use by logging in with your Facebook credentials. However, in some cases you may want to have a unique password for that application," Facebook said. "This is especially helpful if you have opted into Login Approvals, for which security codes don't always work when using third party applications."

To enable the feature, users simply need to go to Account Settings, Security Tab and then “App Passwords.” "You can generate a password that you won't need to remember, just enter it along with your email when logging into an application," Facebook said.

Facebook also released an infographic that shows the security features that they have released over the past few years. It is included below:

"Our considerable work has undoubtedly made Facebook a safer environment—less than half a percent of users experience spam on any given day and only a fraction of a percent of our users ever experience any security-related issues," Facebook said. "But we know there's plenty of more work to be done, so we will keep striving to make sure that every time you log in to Facebook, you have a safe and social experience. We are adapting and responding to new threats everyday and will continue to bring the people that use our site new ways to protect themselves."

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