You can now add an extra layer of security to your Facebook account


Yesterday, Facebook introduced a new password protection method for its users. Starting today, Facebook accounts can be further safeguarded with USB security keys, which add an extra layer of insurance against malicious hacker attacks.

For those that are unfamiliar with USB security keys, they are physical dongles that you tap into your computer's USB port. Facebook users can acquire one of these devices and register them to their accounts. These keys have several important benefits, such as complete protection from phishing and man-in-the-middle attacks, as hackers would need both your password and physical token to gain access to your account.

Using a USB security key is pretty straightforward – you insert the device in your USB port and after you type in your password, all you have to do is tap the button on the dongle and you're good to go. Only the latest versions of Google Chrome and Opera support the feature but other big browsers such as Mozilla are actively working on implementing it. As for smartphones, the mobile version of Facebook can be safeguarded by handsets that have NFC.

Facebook relies on security keys that support the U2F (universal two-factor) standard. These tokens can use USB, NFC or Bluetooth to provide two-factor authentication across a variety of services. Apart from Chrome and Opera, the same device can be used with Dropbox, GitHub and Gmail accounts. Many other businesses are adopting the standard, as it is backed by the FIDO Alliance, which includes massive corporations such as Google, Microsoft, Samsung, PayPal, American Express, MasterCard, VISA, Intel etc.

source: Facebook

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6 Comments

1. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

is it possible using any usb flash?

6. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

no! you need FIDO U2F Security Key to use this feature. you can buy it from amazon for example

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Security doesn't exist in Facebook's dictionary.

4. Bait83

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 25, 2016

YOU You are confusing security with privacy.

3. a1awan

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

What about tablets and smartphones without a full sized USB port?

5. NickSDC

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Usb otg cable. They've beven around for 15+ years now...

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