Facebook Enhance Online Security With One-Time Passwords

Ever gone into an internet café or around a friends house only to realise that you have left yourself logged in, and frantically make that dash back to save yourself from being publicly shamed or even ‘faceraped?’ Facebook have been working on this and will try and make your life easier by introducing one-time passwords.

Facebook product manager Jake Brill revealed in a blog post that they are “launching one-time passwords to make it safer to use public computers in places like hotels, cafes or airports,” this means that if you are concerned about the security of the computer you are using while on Facebook, they can “text you a one-time password to use instead of your regular password.”

We have all been there, forgetting our passwords due to some brain malfunction or having to change it because one of your so called friends found out what it was, and decided to wreck havoc on your Facebook page.

To take advantage of this service, you must text “opt” to 32665. You will then receive a one-time password that will expire 20 minutes.

One a side note if you have been paying attention to Facebook’s account security settings, you will also notice that they have implemented a feature that tracks if you have logged in at an ‘unexpected location,’ which could be different from the one you usually log in from.

This would be a good way to tell if someone somewhere else is using your password.

Remember all those concerns about Facebook security? Looks like they are doing something about it.

Source: Information Week

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Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.


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