Facebook Testing New Security Features

Facebook is quickly becoming a prime target for spammers and hackers. Every day, approximately five million Facebook users experience spam that, if clicked on, could compromise the security of their account, and approximately 600,000 of those accounts do become compromised. To help Facebook users recover access to their account, especially if they don’t have access to their email, Facebook is testing a new feature that allows Facebook users to ask a friend for help to get back into their account. Additionally, Facebook is testing the option to create a unique password for each app that connects to Facebook.

With the new “Call a Friend” feature, Facebook users who are part of the test for this feature will be able to choose a few close friends whom they trust to receive a code to unlock a Facebook account in the event their account becomes compromised. This feature is strikingly similar to one debuted by Facebook earlier this year, which allowed users to recover their account through friends if they forgot their password and no longer had access to the email account associated with their Facebook account. This feature appears to have now been removed, reemerging as a security feature that can be defined before you may lose access to your account — not after. This new feature ensures that those who can help you recover your account are actually trusted friends, and not a questionable decision users must make when desperate to access their Facebook account. It also prevents collusion, which was a slight possibility with the previous feature, as with the previous feature anyone could choose the friends of a Facebook user to help log in without ever actually needing access to the account.

Facebook Testing New Security FeaturesAnother new security feature that Facebook is beginning to test is a set of unique passwords for each app that uses Facebook Connect to allow users to log in. This is a necessary feature for certain apps, such as Jabber, Skype, and Xbox, which don’t generate security codes properly and will lock a user out of the app if they have Login Approvals turned off. To resolve this problem, and to add another option layer of security when using apps that connect to Facebook, users will now see the option to generate unique passwords for each app in Settings. To create app passwords, go to your Account Settings, then the Security tab, and finally to the App Passwords section.

Facebook users should keep in mind that both of these new features are just being tested, for now. If you do choose to enable these settings for your Facebook account, though, be sure to let us know what you think of the new features in the comments.

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