Facebook makes two-factor authentication easier

Facebook has made it easier to enable two-factor authentication and has removed the need for a phone number to set it up.

Two-factor authentication provides users with an additional layer of security on top of a username and password.

Previously, Facebook used a phone number as a second layer of security, where it sent an SMS which was needed to log in from a new device.

The company has now redesigned its two-factor authentication to use third-party authentication apps like Google Authenticator and Duo Security – on both desktop and mobile.

Facebook product manager Scott Dickens said they improved two-factor authentication in two ways:

  • It is easier to enable two-factor authentication with a streamlined setup flow that guides users.
  • It has expanded the ways in which users can secure their accounts, without registering a phone number.

Users can turn on two-factor authentication by visiting facebook.com/settings and clicking the “Security and Login” tab.

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