Secure your Facebook account by new “Trusted Contacts” feature

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Recently Facebook announced a new security feature called ‘trusted contacts‘ to help you regain access into your account when locked out either by forgetting your password or having your account ‘hacked’. Definitely the new feature will helps you to make your account more secure.
Here’s how it’s works: If you’re having trouble logging into your account, you’ll have your trusted contacts as an option to help. Chosen list of three to five friends each of them can get a security code for you with instructions on how to help you. To gain access to the account again, you need to enter at least three of those codes into a prompt. Theoretically, this will prevent hackers from breaking in. With that in mind, Facebook actually recommends calling these friends to get the codes.

How to configure Trusted Contacts:

Step #1:

Log in to your Facebook account and navigate to the Security section of your account settings. Or you can jump directly to the Trusted Contacts section by visiting this link.

Step #2:

Click on the Choose Trusted Contacts button.

Step #3:

You’ll need to add a minimum of three people, with a maximum of five, to the list. Start typing your friend’s name and select his or her name from the list. Do this for all three to five of your friends. Once you’re done adding names, click on Confirm and then enter your account password to save the list.
With trusted contacts, there’s no need to worry about remembering the answer to your security question or filling out long web forms to prove who you are. You can recover your account with help from your friends.

Who Can You Trust?

Obviously, the best precaution is to pick people you’re confident won’t prank you. Facebook Security team suggests,
  • Choose people you trust, like friends you’d give a spare key to your house.
  • Choose people you can reach without using Facebook, ideally over the phone or in person, since you’ll need to contact them when you can’t log in.
  • Choose more people to help you. The more friends you choose, the more people who can help you when you need it.
We suggests you to select maximum friends that you trusts. You can choose from family members or your best friends to keep your account safe. Consider it as a key to your digital life, you may be taking an even bigger risk of being pranked, if not actually hacked.

 Speak your mind:

What do you think about the feature? Should Facebook look for ways to ramp up two-factor authentication and focus less on trusted contacts? Let us know in the comments.
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