Facebook launches “Login Approvals” security feature to safeguard accounts

As we all know, Facebook is a multinational brand that have extended their tentacles to more than what they started with initially – a chat platform. Given this, Facebook needs to constantly make sure that its users as well as their information online are at a certain level of safety. In light of this, several reports have been made by Facebook a little while back towards the possibility of its users accounts being targeted by the state.

Although it is unclear why Facebook has made this bold claim, it seems that the social giant is not putting its foot back on this claim as it had also introduced additional safety precautions and security measures as preparation against these “government-sponsored” attacks that has been much spoken about. To this effect, Facebook has launched a new notification feature to alert users when a breach is sensed.

Facebook launches "Login Approvals" security feature to safeguard accounts Technology: General

The Login Approvals feature, as self-explanatory as it sounds, let’s you know when someone is trying to access your account from an unfamiliar device or location.

What are login approvals? How do I turn this setting on?

Login approvals are a security feature similar to login alerts, but with an extra security step. If you turn on login approvals, you’ll be asked to enter a special security code each time you try to access your Facebook account from a new computer, phone or browser.

To turn on login approvals:

  1. Go to your Security Settings
  2. Click the Login Approvals section
  3. Check the box and click Save Changes

“We constantly monitor for potentially malicious activity and offer many options to proactively secure your account. Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker”, Facebook said in a statement.

Subsequently reiterating its claim on the attack likely to be from the government, it continued: “We decided to show this additional warning if we have a strong suspicion that an attack could be government-sponsored. We do this because these types of attacks tend to be more advanced and dangerous than others.”

 

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