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Facebook offers new security options in 2021

 


Facebook said it will begin allowing users to set up physical security keys as a way to verify identity before signing in to the social network mobile app starting next year.

The company currently offers an option to dial a physical security key to connect to a desktop computer before each login.

"Users can purchase physical security keys from retailers and register them on Facebook," the company said.

The company supports the use of mobile phone security keys, so anyone who signs in to an account needs more than just a password.

Security keys can take a variety of formats, including keys that create numbers that must be used with traditional passwords during the account login process.

The world's largest social network said it also plans to expand Facebook Protect's security software for prominent accounts, including election candidates, to more types of accounts worldwide next year.

The launch of the new security services follows a hack of twitter's social media platform in July, which has led to the hacking of several celebrity accounts, including those of President-elect Joe Biden and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Facebook Protect, a prominent account security program currently available in the United States, provides a way for politicians, government agencies, and elected officials to increase account security through binary authentication and real-time monitoring of potential hacking threats.

Facebook has made it clear that Facebook Protect will now be available to users, such as journalists and human rights activists, who are likely to be targeted by hackers.

Facebook reported that more than 70 percent of individuals closely involved in the 2020 U.S. election used binary authentication to protect their accounts through the platform.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook, said: "Attackers are trying to target prominent voices on social media platforms, and if you're not an executive or political candidate, that doesn't mean you're not a prominent figure in your field and a target.

He added: Our hypothesis is that you have to protect accounts because every prominent voice that is hacked can become a tool used by attackers to cause further damage afterward, as well as to cause immediate harm to people.

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