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The increasing popularity of social media has brought with it an increase in the number of security issues. Facebook, the most popular platform, has integrated fairly robust security measures to keep your account secure. A recently introduced new security feature – Trusted Contacts – uses your friends to help you regain access to your account.
Trusted Contacts was officially introduced by Facebook in early May 2013, after nearly two years in testing. It is a potentially really useful feature that could help you out one day.
What exactly is Trusted Contacts?
According to Facebook, “Trusted Contacts lets your friends help you if you’re having trouble logging into your account.” If you have been previously using the Trusted Friends feature, this has now been renamed and merged with Trusted Contacts.
Trusted Contacts allows users to set up to five Facebook friends who can help you regain access to your account. For example, if you forget your password your nominated friends can send you a phrase to enter so that you can get back into your account.
It is a good idea to set this up, but beware that at least three friends who you set as a Trusted Contact will need to send you a private code before you can regain access. The friends will only have access to the code if they log into Facebook, so make sure you pick someone who is able to log into Facebook regularly.
How to set up Trusted Contacts
You can set up Trusted Contacts by:
Facebook will notify the contacts you’ve selected with more information about how the process works.
If you are having trouble accessing your Facebook account you can tell your trusted friends to visitfacebook.com/recover to get the code and then pass it to you. Once you have entered three codes, provided by your friends, you should be able to get into your profile.
Trusted Contacts could be a useful tool, especially if you don’t use or access your personal Facebook profile on a regular basis. It’s important to stress that you pick someone you trust, and who is reliable.
If you would like to learn more ways you can keep your Facebook account secure, please contact us today.
Published on 28th May 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.