Facebook rolls out new security features

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BANGALORE, INDIA: Facebook has began rolling out a new opt in security feature to detect and authorize login devices.


According to a release,to enable this feature users need to follow these steps:

Login Notifications are an opt-in security feature that send alerts when your account is being accessed. If you have not already opted in to receiving these notifications, you can do so by carefully following the steps provided:

1. From the Account Settings page, select "Change" Account Security.

2. Select "Yes" to opt in to receiving Login Notifications via email. Also, toggle "SMS (mobile text)" if you would also like to receive a text message to the mobile phone associated with your account. If you have not already added a mobile phone number to your account, you can do so here.

3. After opting-in to receive Login Notifications, you will be prompted to name your Approved Device during your next login. Do not toggle the "Save this device" option if you are accessing your account from a public computer.

4. Once you have named your Approved Device, a notification will be sent to the email address associated with your account and your mobile phone if you selected that option.


According to the release, if you receive a Login Notification and the login was not made by you, you will find instructions in the email or text on how to reset your password in order to secure your account from being compromised. For more information about keeping your account secure, please visit our Security page.

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Facebook will begin rolling out a remote logout feature. Under the same settings page, users will be able to logout active sessions if they find their accounts are logged in from a device unfamiliar to them. The feature will only be available from computer and not mobile devices.

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