Facebook launched new Security Features to protect users against Account Hijackers

By on Oct 13, 2010 in Internet, Technology Comments

Facebook, as being today’s most widely used social networking site in the world, launched new security features to protect users against account hijackers.

According to a post today on Facebook blog, Jake Brill announced three new features on how users can protect themselves and their account especially those using public computers or renting in an Internet café.

First, Facebook introduces a one-time password to make users account safer, particularly on public computers.

If a user seems to doubt the security of a computer, Facebook can send him a text message with a one-time password instead of his regular password.

According to Facebook, users should text “otp” and send to 32665, and they will reply immediately with the one-time password, which can only be used once and will expire in 20 minutes.

However, users should first add their mobile phone number in your Facebook account. This feature will be available gradually, but Jake Brill said it will be in all parts of the world in the coming weeks.

The second new feature is for those who forgot to sign out after using a public computer or a friend’s phone.

To check if someone may have been using one’s Facebook account, he can visit the Account Security section on his Account Settings page.

Each past session will appear, including the necessary details such as date and time, device name and type, as well as its location.

If the user noticed an active user without his permission, he can instantly sign out this by clicking the ‘end activity’. Then, the user should immediately change his password and maybe also other information.

The third and last new security Facebook feature is its regular reminder to users when they sign in, to keep their security information updated.

If a user will lose access to his account, the security information helps Facebook to verify the user.

Nevertheless, users can update his security information any time through the Update Security page.

For more Facebook security tips and updates, users are being advised to visit its Facebook Security page.

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