Protect Your Account Security
Enable Login Approval for Facebook!
Facebook’s login approval option makes it possible to protect your account from many types of intruders.
We’ve talked before about Google’s 2-step Authentication and while this system is not a FRACTION as good, it still is a badly missing piece that you should definitely set up.
Fortunately, this doesn’t take as long to do as Google’s does (because it’s not as good) so you should be able to knock it out right now as we go through this quick guide.
(While you’re in the security section, be sure you enable HTTPS for Facebook too!)
1. Get started by signing into Facebook and then visiting: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security
2. There, click “Edit” to the right of “Login Approval” to open the box. Then put a check in the option box to require a security code.
3. Facebook then sends a SMS message with a security code to your mobile phone. Enter that code in the provided box.
4. Success! Now click the link in this window to “Setup App Passwords” (if you miss the link, you can find it again by visiting the security tab again and going to the new “App Passwords” section.
5. Clicking the “Set Up App Passwords” link then brings up a popup that tells you more about which apps may require an app password. (It lists skype, but skype’s FB connect wanted a mobile verification after signing in, rather than an app password.)
6. App passwords work sort of similar to Google’s app passwords, meaning that they are a one-time password replacement when you log in. (And that after you’ve used them once, then you resume using your regular password.) Be sure to name them for the device they belong to so you can disable them later if needed.
7. If you need to generate another app password in the future, it is easy to find by visiting the security tab again and going to the “App Password” section and then clicking on “Generate App Password”
This is a very straight forward process with your cell phone in hand!
I’m still disappointed with Facebook’s overall combined security offerings but it’s important to take advantage of what is available, including this Login Approval and also HTTPS for FB.
Have you enabled Login Approval and HTTPS for your Facebook account yet? I’d also recommend setting up at least the HTTP setting for any minors in your home that may not know how to do it themselves.
Are you comfortable with your present level of account security on Facebook?
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