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How To Enable Facebook Two Factor Authentication

We already showed you how to enable two factor authentication to Gmail, here’s how to enable and use it in Facebook too. Facebook doesn’t make it the most obvious setting, you’ll need to dig through a few layers to get an extra layer of security.

Log in to your Facebook account and go to Account Settings from the dropdown menu next to your name and picture.

Account Settings

Then click Security from the menu on the left.

Security

Now expand Login Approvals and check the box to enable them.

Login Approvals

You’ll see the following message letting you know what Login Approvals are and how it works. You’ll need to have your smartphone near. Click Set Up Now.

set up Approvals

Facebook will text you a text with a security code. Enter that into the field and click Submit Code.

Submit Code

Next you’re prompted to give the device you’re accessing Facebook from a name.

Name Computer

Success. Your Login Approvals are enabled. You can close at this point or continue with setting up the Code Generator.

success

The Code Generation only works with Android phones now, but if you have one you might want to enable it. It generates a code on your Android smartphone so you can approve a login if you can’t get a text.

Code Generator

Sometimes it seems like staying secure online is a full time job, but companies like LastPass are adding extra verification options. Whenever there’s an opportunity to use additional security measures, like two factor authentication, do it. While it’s more inconvenient, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your account is secure.

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7 Responses to How To Enable Facebook Two Factor Authentication

  1. Bob August 14, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    The fact that it requires you to have a text-enabled/capable phone sucks.
    Any way around that?

  2. VOXPOP August 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    i agree with bob below or above as the case may be..i don’t have a smart phone

    • Brian Burgess August 15, 2012 at 5:32 am #

      Yeah, and with two factor authentication in general, what if you are in an area where you don’t have coverage or the battery is dead?

      The entire 2 factor auth needs to be standardized in some way. But I guess this US Govt org is looking into standards for online security — http://www.nist.gov/nstic/

    • Brian Burgess August 15, 2012 at 5:32 am #

      Yeah, and with two factor authentication in general, what if you are in an area where you don’t have coverage or the battery is dead?

      The entire 2 factor auth needs to be standardized in some way. But I guess this US Govt org is looking into standards for online security — http://www.nist.gov/nstic/

  3. Brian Burgess March 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    You’re welcome! Glad to help and welcome to the site!

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