How To Enable Two-Factor Authentication On Facebook

Anil - Jan 16, 2020


How To Enable Two-Factor Authentication On Facebook

You should enable two-factor authentication on Facebook as soon as possible.

When there’re tons of villains out there who never stop keeping their prying eyes on our data and private stuff, the two-factor authentication appears to be an important security layer to protect users. Frankly speaking, if you’re a Facebook user, you should take advantage of this feature to tone up your privacy as soon as possible.

two-factor authentication feature
You should turn on this extra security layer as soon as possible.

Once you’ve enabled the two-factor authentication, you’ll have to enter a login code sent to your device whenever the system recognizes a strange log-in session from undetected devices. Also, you can get notifications about these incidents as an extra alert.

How to activate two-factor authentication

Step 1: Head to the Settings menu on Facebook, then find the “Security and Login” section.

Step 2: Scroll down and find the “Two-factor Authentication”, and click on “Use two-factor authentication”.

two-factor authentication desktop settings
On desktop version.

two-factor authentication facebook app settings
On the Facebook app.

Step 3: Right there, you’ll see two security methods, including Authentication App and Text Message (SMS). Facebook gives a short explanation about each method, and recommend you to use the Authentication App for the extra authentication.

two-factor authentication select a method
Facebook will ask you to select a security method.

  • Authentication App: You will use a third-party app like Google Authenticator to generate codes for verification (and to avoid some types of SIM-based misuse).
  • Text Message (SMS): This is the traditional method. Basically, you’ll receive a verification code sent to your mobile phone.

Step 4: After enabling the two-factor authentication, users can set up a few extra options, such as automatic approval for a login attempt from a recognized device and generating recovery codes (these codes will be used as authentication codes).

two-factor authentication recovery codes
You can get recovery codes for later use.

The two-factor authentication comes with a lot of benefits. By using it, the probability of being impersonated can decline significantly, fostering the overall safety of users and sensitive information.

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