Facebook will allow users to prepare physical safety keys in a bid to confirm their identity before logging into the social network’s mobile app from 2021.
Social media giant Facebook will be allowing its users to use a hardware security key that can be connected to a desktop computer before each log-in. These hardware keys can be purchased from retailers, and can be registered with Facebook, the company said.
Touted as the world’s biggest social network, Facebook is gearing up to enlarge its own security program dubbed, Facebook Protect for high-profile accounts for instance election applicants, to more types of accounts worldwide next year.
US, Facebook Protect currently offers a means for election personnel, government agencies, and politicians to create additional safety provisions including two-factor authentication, as well as real-time tracking for potential hacking threats.
“Bad actors are trying to target the social media assets of prominent voices. Just because you’re not a CEO or a political candidate doesn’t mean you’re not a prominent person in your field and a target,” Facebook’s head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher told Axios.
“Our thesis is that you have to protect accounts because every compromised asset can become a tool that is used by bad actors for greater harm – much greater – afterward, in addition to causing immediate harm to people,” he added. Watch this space for the latest business news.