4 Things to Ensure Your Facebook Security in Authentication

Recently, Facebook had been working very hard to ensure the Facebook security is at the highest level in every terms such as privacy and authentication. However, this cannot be achieve by them alone unless the users themselves are thinking and acting the same for Facebook security sake.

Over the weekend, I stumbled into the Facebook Security Infographic from Naked Security where I find the way they tried to protect the end users’ account is pretty interesting. I’m not too sure about you, but it seems to be a very good model and I would suggest other web application to do more or less the same quality as Facebook security. I had narrowed down to only the log in part where the authentication is concerned to make out a series for my blog on Facebook security.

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4 important things in Facebook security authentication

1. Start using HTTPS. Using HTTPS will secure your data when they are transferred from your computer to the Facebook server. I had been talking about the importance of HTTPS back in the post where Twitter start using HTTPS and I do think that enabling HTTPS is extremely important in Facebook security. Have you enabled it already?

Read: How to Enable HTTPS for Facebook Security

2. Social Authentication – use your friend to authenticate you. As Facebook is a social network where you will mostly have lots of friends in your friends list. As a result, Facebook security will make use of your friend’s picture as part of the verification process. Good thing is, you don’t have to remember any password. All you need is to know your friend well.

Read: How Facebook Social Authentication Works?

3. Login Approval. Facebook is now tracking your log in from your electronic devices. If you happen to log in from a device which you normally don’t, you will receive an email from Facebook security. This means that if you account is compromised, you will get a message when they person who hacks your account tries to log in.

4. One Time Password. Same like the Gmail 2 step verification, you can enable another medium of authentication from your mobile phone. Once you enabled One Time Password in your Facebook settings, you will be prompt for another step of verification the next time when you log in as part of the Facebook security.

Read: How to Enable One Time Password for Facebook Authentication

Facebook Security – Final Say

Well well well, have you done all the things above? If you are some hardcore Facebook user, there is a need for you to concern on your Facebook security more. Facebook hired 300 full time staff to deal with security and safety and let’s not waste their human resource and start taking their features seriously. Before I end this, what do you think of the Facebook security features especially for authentication? Discuss on the Facebook security below.

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  1. Mika Castro says:

    Hi there! I’m looking for a guide to develop an app for facebook. Can you point me to any links? So i can see? Please help.

    • Alan Tay says:

      I don’t think I can help for Facebook apps development. I’m not familiar with the development in this field. Probably other commentators can help.

  2. Peter Lee says:

    I doubt the social authentication would work well. I have many facebook friends using cartoons, pets or their newborns as profile pics, I wouldn’t be able to identify any of them if this were to happen 🙂

    • Alan Tay says:

      Totally agree with you. I do have some friends doing that. I guess the social authentication will have to choose a proper photo or there is some super smart engine behind that we did not know to grab a relevant photo >.<

      I have still yet to experience social authentication to be honest.

    • Tan

      Yes, you are right. Some of my friends even not using their real name. That’s the problem.

  3. TCP says:

    Really good advice but people must also acknowledge that following all these principals are only valid if you don’t have a keylogger running in your system. Otherwise your account might disappear in thin air.

  4. Fabio says:

    The other security measures are fine but social authentication is an open door for hackers..3 people “friends” who organise the hack or just 1 with fake accounts can grab ur password..

    • Alan Tay says:

      Probably you are quite true about the 3 “friends” thing. I always believe in no one when it comes to security. I am not too sure why Facebook is implementing such trust. They are not close to any authority at all.

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