Thursday, July 7, 2016

Keep your Facebook account from being hacked, enable two-factor authentication

If you use Facebook, chances are there's a whole host of personal and semi-private information you don't want anyone else getting ahold of. Never fear: You can protect your Facebook account from potential hacks with little trouble thanks to the company's two-factor authentication integration. Here's how you can set it up.

How to set up two-factor authentication for Facebook

Setting up Facebook's two-factor authentication is pretty simple: After you've logged into your account, follow these steps.

  • In the upper right corner of your screen, click the upside-down triangle menu, then click on Settings.
  • Select the Security sub-menu.
  • Click on Login Approvals, then check the box that reads "Require a security code to access my account from unknown browsers." Facebook will then send a test code to your phone to approve the service.
  • Additionally, if you want to enable support for the Google Authenticator app or third-party services like Authy, you'll also want to turn on the Code Generator. This gives you a QR code you can scan with the Google Authenticator or Authy apps; from there, you can generate random approval codes whether that device is connected to the internet or not.

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