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Facebook Introduces New Features Aimed at Strengthening Security


Security on Facebook is a hot topic, especially with all of the changes they’ve made lately.

October is “National Cyber Security Awareness Month” and in support of this, Facebook is introducing a few new features which are aimed at strengthening security. They want their 800 million users to feel comfortable sharing on the social networking site.

Two new features they announced include Trusted Friends and App Passwords.

Trusted Friends

Losing access to your Facebook account can be annoying. That can easily happen if you forget your password and try to log in too many times, resulting in being locked out. With “Trusted Friends” you can designate two to three of your friends who can help you gain access again.

Facebook said, “We’re excited to begin testing this new tool to help you in case you ever get locked out of your account. Similar to other features that help you prove your identity through your friends, you can now select three to five trusted friends who can help you if you ever have issues accessing your account. It’s sort of similar to giving a house key to your friends when you go on vacation–pick the friends you most trust in case you need their help in the future.”

App Passwords

Do you have some reservations about giving your Facebook password to third parties? A lot of Facebook users do and if you’re an avid app user, you find yourself doing this all the time. Well, not anymore. Facebook will now allow you to generate a new password for the apps.

Facebook said, “There are tons of applications you can use by logging in with your Facebook credentials. However in some cases you may want to have a unique password for that application. This is especially helpful if you have opted into Login Approvals, for which security codes don’t always work when using 3rd party applications.”

For those of you who love infographics (yes, I would be one of those people), Facebook released one “To better illustrate the full range of these features and show how they all work together to keep you safe while on Facebook”.

These new features will be available in the coming weeks, possibly in conjunction with the public release of their new Timeline.

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