How to add an extra layer of Protection on your Facebook Account

As we all know about Facebook, everybody is using it. Anyone who has an internet connection is using this social networking site. They are sharing stuff, updating statuses and having private chat with their friends and family members. As this is all is valuable to every user, we don’t want that anyone can have the slightest chance to have the control of our account. In order to prevent your account from every possible way, here is another way to make your account safe and prevent anyone from taking control of your account. You can verify your “Login Approval” in order to secure your account, the verification is a 2 step procedure but it assures security of your Facebook Account.

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This procedure is termed as “2 Step Verification” which is not only helpful in Facebook but many other online services are using this to secure their websites. We can take the example of Google which is using this procedure to secure the Gmail and Google accounts, Drop Box is also using the same method in order to prevent external threats to hack the accounts. It’s an additional security layer which is not that difficult to implement.

After applying the “2 Step Verification” on your account, it makes others possibility of entering your account even more difficult because with the help of this verification you will require two things to get into any account. The first is the password which is known by the user and the other is the device which will be able to generate the code. Obviously it’s the mobile phone on which you will get the code. It’s actually the combination of Password that is in your mind and the code that is in your mobile device.

We know that passwords are being hacked and there are many applications which are used to generate the passwords through lines of codes, sometimes hackers or your rivals  who want to take revenge from you can even guess the password if they were close to you. In such case putting an extra protection on your account is an extra advantage for you that will keep your account safe because you don’t want to cry over spilled milk if someone hacked your account and you didn’t put this protection. The only drawback of this protection is the difficulty which the user face in login, although it is not that much difficult but with having an extra layer of protection, a little bit of extra effort in login is worth it.

 

There are few easy steps that you need to go through and there will be an extra guard on your account

Step 1:
You first log in to your Facebook using either your laptop or computer and go to the Privacy Shortcuts that are located at the top right of your page, there you click See More Settings

Step 2:
In the left tab there is Security, select it

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Step 3:
There you will see third option is of Login Approvals, left click on Edit which is written in the right side of Login Approval

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Step 4:
You will see that there will be a check box Require a security code to access my account from unknown browser, enable that and after some time it will notify you about its features.

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Step 5:
There you will see Get Started written, click that and they will inform you about various things, like if you are unable to use the application then they will send you code through text message.

Step 6:
Facebook will ask your password , after entering your password if Facebook has your mobile number then it will proceed or else it will ask for your mobile number as well.

To set up your code receiving procedure, you will click Continue and you will receive your confirmation code which you can insert on the screen which you will get after clicking Continue, after that click confirm and you will be notified that you can login to your account without the code for one week. If you don’t want the delay and want to avail the security from that very moment you can check the No thanks, require a code right away select box and click Close

Testing the Protection

Now we need to text our security layer, we can test it by simply try to login from an unknown browser and see what really happens.

  • Open an unknown browser from any other laptop or computer and open Facebook. Enter your username and password, instead of taking you straight to your homepage, you will be asked a security code.
  • Open your Facebook App from your smartphone (iPhone or Android) and there you will see a code generator. You might also be asked to login from your Android smartphone in order to verify that the smartphone is yours. After that activate the Code Generator feature.
  • The Code Generator gives you a new code with the gap of 30 seconds, with in those 30 seconds you need to insert it the code in the given space on your Computer/Laptop.
  • After the code is verified, Facebook will ask you to save the browser. It is your personal computer/laptop then you need to save it but if you are using on any other computer/laptop, click Don’t Save
  • After that you can “Get Codes” for future purpose because there are chances when a person doesn’t have his smartphone around or he can also lose his phone. In order to tackle with that problem you can always write the Codes on a paper to use them in such situations
  • If you somehow don’t get the code on your app or by any problem it is not working, to confront that you can also select the option of getting code through text messages. All you need to do is to click Having Trouble which will allow you to receive the code via text message.

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There are very rare chances that you might not be able to access your mobile app and at the same time you cannot log in from any other browser. There is always an option of contacting Facebook or approving the login which you made from any other login but as i said that happens rarely.

It’s a few easy steps that you will go through with in couple of minutes and will provide extra security to your account. After this I think no one will be able to access your account by any means. If you found this “2 step verification” useful do let us know

 


Abdullah Akbar

Abdullah Akbar Shafi is currently doing Software Engineering And he writes on Gadgets and Technology as his interest.
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