Facebook Issues Security Updates for Mobile App

The Facebook security team is adding some new security features to the social network’s mobile applications, including upgrades to the login mechanism and account recovery options.

The Facebook security team is adding some new security features to the social network’s mobile applications, including upgrades to the login mechanism and account recovery options.

The first addition is an update to Facebook’s existing login approval mechanism, which they are calling ‘code generator.’ In addition to that, the world’s largest social network is adding functionality that has long been available to users on traditional computers and gives them the ability to report and block unwanted content. The last update will make it easier for users to react to account takeovers from their mobile devices, a process that, until now, required the use of a computer.

The login approval feature update will make it so that users accessing the network on a new device can receive login approvals directly from the application regardless of whether users have Internet access or cellular service. It used to be the case that users would have to wait on an SMS message when accessing Facebook on an unrecognized device, which caused problems in areas with spotty service. The code generator feature is currently only available for users of the Android operating system, but the social network plans on expanding to other operating systems. Non-Android users will still be able to receive login approvals via SMS.

The reporting unwanted content feature is not yet available on Facebook’s mobile applications, but, again, the security team claims they are working on it. However, users of touch-enabled devices can block and report content on Facebook’s mobile site.

The improvements to mobile recovery include the ability to lock down your account from your mobile device, review login locations, and reset passwords, in addition to a mobile-capable extension to the company’s existing social authentication tool.

The Facebook Security page has links to instructions on how to set up code generator and report or hide unwanted content unwanted, which you can find here.

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Discussion

  • Anonymous on

    How do i kick someone off my mobile Facebook account. Did help urgently!!

  • Goliath on

     

    Good to see they offering additional ways to telesign into their accounts. I hope to see more social networks adopt this approach.

     

  • Tayyab kiani on

    i face confirmation code issu & facebook cant Resend security code
    my account is locked
    plz someone help me plz tell me what can i do

     

  • SUE WILSON on

    I HAVE JUST RECIEVED A POST FROM FACEBOOK ABOUT SECURITY, I ANSWERED ALL QUESTIONS EXCEPT FOR THE NUMBER OF A CREDIT CARD I HAVE NONE I AM ON  A FIXED INCOME AND BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD THEY ARE GOING TO SHUT ME DOWN IN 24 HOURS WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO! IT WON'T GO THROUGH WITH OUT ONE

  • SUE WILSON on

    I FILLED OUT EVERYTHING ON THE SECUITY POST THAT I RECIEVED MY ONLY PROBLEM IS I HAVE NO CREDIT CARD, AND IT WON'T GO THROUGH WITHOUT IT WHAT DO I DO I DON'T WANT TO BE SHUT OFF I AM A 66 YEAR OLD HOMEBOUND PERSON

     

     

  • EM BEAM on

    My acct was hacked..requested ID (D.L., passport, birth cert.) something gov. issue with pix! in order to unlock my acct. As I had previously requested my wireless ph. carrier to block all text msgs., FBK was/is unable to send a security code to me via Email so that I can again access my acct. Needless to say, I did not send anything to "anywhere". One ph. # i found in Facebook data linked me to "Kevin Jones" (who barely spoke English). He dazzled my computer screen with an array of tables & warned me to buy the ALBION Security system immediately!! He sounded about as sincere as my believing his name was Kevin Jones. The # for Albion is 1-855-857-1687 if you'd care to hear his SCARY spiel.  Unfortunately, I still have not been able to reach a real employee of FBK to help me solve this problem Sure am glad I didn't invest in the IPO!!

  • xidir on

    i less my "security code" that facebook send to my mobile . and less my mobile .and facebook dont resend this security code to my email .

    when i want "log in" facebook want of me that inter my "security code" . please help me

    thanks

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