Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Facebook introduces 'Trusted Contacts' for extra account security

updated 01:12 pm EDT, Thu May 2, 2013

Friends-based system

Facebook has announced plans to roll out a new security feature for accounts, dubbed Trusted Contacts. Under the scheme, an account owner will be able to pick three to five people to whom they can give special PINs. Should the owner have trouble getting into their account, three PIN holders will be able to help them log back in. It's not clear how quickly Trusted Contacts will become available to Facebook users.

Social networks, primarily Twitter, have come under scrutiny for the threat of account hijacks. Last week the Associated Press' Twitter feed was hijacked, and a subsequent post about explosions at the White House caused the Dow Jones to plunge until the AP could assure people that the post was fake. A series of high-profile Twitter hijacks have taken place in recent months.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Adesso Xtream S3B Bluetooth speaker

Finding a speaker purpose-built for a specific need is challenging. Even when a Bluetooth speaker can be paired with a mobile device, ...

JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just ...

Razer Taipan mouse

The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, a ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News