Facebook and Changes are synonymous to each other now. To Prove the Point Facebook is releasing a new method for accessing your account in the case of losing your password: a little help from “trusted friends.”
The social network states that it is testing a new tool which should be live in coming few weeks that will let you choose three to five friends you trust. If you forget your password or can’t access your email, Facebook will send your friends a code that they can pass along to you.
The new system may not seem more efficient than the usual method but in the case of a hack or a break in your account then this new method can be really helpful to the user. It adds a new layer of security (the feature was announced for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month), too, since your friends can verify your identity more easily than any automated email.
Here The Security firm Sophos makes a valid point that a hacker could also remove or change your trusted friends settings and make the feature useless.
To set up “trusted friends,” go to your Security Settings Page (Account > Account Settings > Security), and click on the Trusted Friends section. From there, you can scroll through your friends and choose up to five. (You may not have access to this just yet — this section doesn’t appear in my settings.)
Facebook offers similar, lesser-known security tools as well, like being able to log out of your account remotely and receive a temporary password for accessing public computers.
The social network also announced this week a new option to use different passwords for third-party apps. To set this up, go to Account Settings, and in the Security tab, go to the App Passwords section.