This October, as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Facebook has announced two new features to help you improve the security of your account – Trusted Friends and App Passwords – and remind you of the many user tools we offer to help keep you secure on Facebook.
The first, entitled Trusted Friends, will help you in case you ever get locked out of your account. The tool allows you to select three to five friends who can help you if you ever have issues accessing your account — like if you forget your password.
“If you forgot your password and need to login but can’t access your email account, you can rely on your friends to help you get back in. We’ll send codes to the friends you have selected and they can pass along that information to you,” explains Facebook.
The other feature, dubbed App Passwords, lets you assign a unique password to Facebook apps. “This is especially helpful if you have opted into Login Approvals, for which security codes don’t always work when using third party applications,” stated Facebook.
Adding the company said, “We’re testing a feature that allows you to use app passwords for logging into third party applications. Simply go to your Account Settings, then the Security tab, and finally to the App Passwords section. You can generate a password that you won’t need to remember, just enter it along with your email when logging into an application.”
Finally, to help you learn more about security features available on Facbook, the company has created a security infographic.
“Over the past few years we have introduced a number of new security tools – Login Approvals, Login Notifications, and One Time Passwords to name a few. In addition, we have developed several back-end systems to help keep you and your data secure. To better illustrate the full range of these features and show how they all work together to keep you safe while on Facebook we’re releasing this infographic,” facebook added.
Here is the infographic: