Facebook’s Two Factor Authentication Doesn’t Require Your Phone Number Anymore
Love it or hate it, you have got to admit that Facebook is just irresistible. Despite losing a significant number of users after the recent security breach scandals, Facebook still is the leading social media platform. Ever since it was discredited by the Cambridge Analytica case, Mark Zuckerberg has been involved in efforts to save face on the international level. On that note, Facebook has recently updated its two-factor authentication policy. You no longer need to provide your phone number for the two-factor authentication process.
In this latest update, you can use an authenticator app instead. This is a definite improvement because the use of authenticator apps is much safer. Google Authenticator app is a great example of such an app.
What Is Two Factor Authentication?
Two-factor authentication adds an additional security layer to your social media accounts. In the past, two-factor authentication required users to provide their contact number in addition to the general password requirement. The contact number used to serve as the second factor or layer of security. This serves as a failsafe way for users who are concerned about getting their accounts hacked or phishing attempts. This feature was further improved by adding the authenticator app in place of the phone number for additional security. An additional pro for Facebook is that it sends out a positive message to users about Facebook being a reliable and safe platform.
How To Activate It?
Get the latest app version and go to the “security and log in” option. You will find the two-factor authentication option under this category. Enable it by integrating a third party authentication app with your Facebook account. This will add an additional layer of protection to your account.
It was recently brought to public attention that Facebook was sending spam messages to users who had provided their phone number for the two-factor authentication purpose. Coupled with the controversies regarding data leaks that Facebook was already linked with, this caused distress among the Facebook community. Chief Security Officer for Facebook, Alex Stamos, also released a statement of apology to address the outrage caused by this spamming incident. Removing the mandatory requirement for the phone number is an attempt to address this situation and I must say that it was much required.
Now, you are a bit more in control of your account’s security. You can easily set up the new two-factor authentication system and rest assured that you are safe from unwanted hacking attempts. This may be a small step on the long road to correct the erroneous ways of Facebook’s past policies, however, it is one in the right direction. What do you think about this latest update? Do share your views about it in the comments section below.