Why should you start using Facebook Two-Step Authentication?
Imagine waking up on a bright sunny morning, you open your laptop and realize that you can’t open your online accounts. Your email has been hacked and your credit card was used for unauthorized transactions.
There is no doubt that social networking websites and applications like Facebook have made communication faster and easier.
You can now connect to your friends and family members through messaging, voice calls, or video calls within a few seconds.
But, your private chats, messages, photos, etc., can be at high risk of a privacy breach and identity theft if you do not secure your social networking accounts properly. Any hacker can hack your account, get your password, log in, and misuse your account.
Protecting our Facebook account is a significant concern.
There is a need for another layer or step of verification, and that’s where two-step verification is introduced. Enable two-step verification on Facebook with these 4 simple methods.
Two-step verification is a security measure that requires an extra code when you log in. When enabled, Facebook will need a code from your mobile phone during login. This code is created by the Code Generator tool in the Facebook app. You can also have it sent to your phone via SMS.
Even if a hacker knows your username and password, he/she can’t access your account without the code.
How to Effectively Enable Facebook Two-Step Verification
Method 1: Text Message
Step 1. First of all, log into your Facebook account.
Step 2. Now, click on the down arrow button, located in the top right corner of the Facebook main page. A drop-down list appears, select the Settings option.
Step 3. In the sidebar, it displays many option tabs such as General, Security, Blocking, Mobile, Followers, Privacy, and so on. Click on the Security tab.
Step 4. The Security page content will be displayed. Here, you have to select the Login Approvals link button.
Step 5. On the Login Approvals page, you can see four options: Text Message (SMS), Security Keys, Code Generator, and Recovery Codes.
Step 6. Upon clicking on Add Phone beside the Text Message button, Facebook will ask you to enter your mobile number. Type your mobile number and click Continue.
Facebook will send a code to your mobile number. Just type that code, and that’s it.
Step 7. After that, you will be asked if you want to activate login approval immediately. So, in case you do not have your phone, you can bypass the code for one week. After one week, you will be prompted for the code once again.
Step 8. Now, whenever you log in to your Facebook account, it will send you a verification code to your registered mobile number. Only after entering that verification code will you be able to log into your account.
Method 2: Security Keys
Use a Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) security key to log in through USB or NFC. This is a physical device that makes signing into your Facebook account even more secure. After registering a security key, you can sign in by inserting the security key instead of typing a verification code.
Step 1. Here, you have to click on the Add Key tab beside Security Keys.
Step 2. If you have a USB security key, you can use it to protect your Facebook account.
Step 3. Insert your security key into a USB port. If the key has a blinking light, press the button or gold disk.
Step 4. Next time, whenever you log in to Facebook, you have to insert your security key.
Method 3: Code Generator
Step 1. Here, you have to setup a code generator by clicking on Setup or Add Key.
Step 2. Now, click on the Having Trouble? link.
Step 3. In the new pop-up, click on Get Key.
Step 4. Facebook will show you a 16-digit key.
Step 5. Now, Open the Authy app and click + Authenticator App. Click Enter Key Manually.
Note: Use Authy to add a new layer of strong authentication to the online apps you use every day, like Facebook, Google, Dropbox, Twitch.tv, and many others. With Authy, you have secure cloud encrypted backups so you will never lose access to your tokens again.
Step 6. Enter the 6 digits you see on the screen and click continue.
Step 7. Click Finish. You are done with Code Generator!
Method 4: Recovery Codes
Step 1. Click on Get Codes beside Recovery Codes.
Step 2. A pop-up comes where you have to enter your Facebook password to get the recovery codes.
Step 3. Here you will see 10 codes generated, in which you can enter any one to log into Facebook next time.
Once all the codes are used, you can ask for more codes by pressing Get New Codes below the list of codes displayed.
So, these are the 4 simple methods you can use to enable two-step verification on Facebook. Enable it now and increase your Facebook account security!
If you are facing any issues while following any of the methods, kindly let us know in the comments.
Have you enabled two-step verification on Facebook?