Facebook streamlines two-factor setup, adds support for home services to Marketplace

Doris Richards
May 25, 2018

Basically, whenever you try to login to your account from a new device, Facebook (or whatever site you are trying to log in to) will send you a text message to your phone with a code to enter, making sure that it's really you.

Two-factor authentication provides users with an additional layer of security on top of a username and password.

We've also expanded the ways in which you can secure your account with a second factor by ensuring that people can enable two-factor authentication without registering a phone number. Even if someone were to guess your password or it got leaked as part of a hack, no one can log in to your account without physical access to your second factor device. If it's the first time you've enabled two-factor, you may as well just do the SMS text message option and use the code.

You'll soon have more options for staying secure on Facebook with two-factor authentication.

Users can turn on two-factor authentication by visiting facebook.com/settings and clicking the "Security and Login" tab. Facebook lets users select the Google Authenticator app as well as the Duo Mobile app, which can both show users one-time codes linked to each of their specific accounts.

"We previously required a phone number in order to set up two-factor authentication, to help prevent account lock-outs", Facebook Product Manager Scott Dickens wrote in a blog post. Back in February it was revealed that the company was spamming Facebook users on the cellphone numbers they had provided for two-factor authentication.

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