Facebook has recently announced its plan to increase security measures for mobile applications. This new security measure will allow users to access their Facebook accounts by setting up a physical security key.
Facebook has recently announced its plan to increase security measures for mobile applications. This new security measure will allow users to access their Facebook accounts by setting up a physical security key. This new security measure is expected to be effective from 2021. According to Facebook, their current option requires the users to connect to a hardware security key to the desktop version, when they wish to access their account. This hardware key is available on retailers for purchase. It requires registration with the social media company as a next step. By confirming earlier reports on Facebook, this physical key will allow more users to authenticate their accounts.
How does one set up a physical security key for the Facebook mobile app?
Users will need to enable the two-factor authentication feature, with text messages or a third-party authentication app. After this, the users will require to purchase a hardware device having Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) support. This will be a method of authentication of Facebook. After completing this process, the user would have to plug in the physical key to access their accounts.
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