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Facebook's Two-Factor Authentication, How to Activate it?

Facebook has announced Two-factor authentication for all users. The social media giant will use Google Authentication for it too.

Facebook has announced via a blog post
that they have revamped their security for all users, and in this endeavor, they have made their Two-Factor Authentication easier, and more seamless. Check out what are going to be changed..

1. The process of employing Two-Factor Authentication by users has now been made easier, and seamless.
2. Two-Factor Authentication is now independent of a mobile number. This means that users will be no required need to submit their mobile number for passing the Two-Factor Authentication.

Scott Dickens, Product Manager at Facebook told " Two-factor authentication is an industry best practice for providing additional account security and we just made it easier to set up."

Earlier, Facebook’s Two-factor authentication used a mobile phone number for authenticating the user, and provide them with a safe passage to the portal.

In order to bypass the need for a mobile number for Two-factor authentication, Facebook will now use third-party apps and tool, mainly: Google Authenticator and Duo Security.

This Two-factor authentication uses alternative, hardware dependent authentication process, wherein mobile number would not be required for verifying the account.

For instance, Google Authenticator uses HOTP and TOTP algorithms for generating one-time passwords, which can be used to authenticate the Facebook account.

It can also include a QR code based verification and can work without any Internet coverage as well.

Steps to Activate FB Two-factor authentication

Step 1: Go to the ‘Settings’ option via right hand side menu (top right, on desktops)
Step 2: Click ‘Security and Login’.
Step 3: Click ‘Use two-factor authorization’, and get started.


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