For many of us, Facebook is home to a lot of our online communications — including our most private. Keep other people from getting into your account with these new Facebook features.This week, Facebook started rolling out two-factor authentication, just like Gmail recently did. When enabled, Facebook will ask you to enter a code any time you log into Facebook from a new device. Thus, if someone gets a hold of your Facebook password, they won’t be able to log into a computer you haven’t already used, since they won’t know that code. It isn’t as useful if, say, someone steals your laptop, though, since you will have already activated Facebook on that device.
In addition, Facebook has also fixed problems with the HTTPS support it recently added. When it first rolled out, it would set you back to HTTP whenever you used a Facebook application, and leave you there until you manually navigated back to the HTTPS version. Now, Facebook has fixed this issue, automatically sending you back to secure pages when you leave the insecure application pages. If you don’t already have this enabled, we highly recommend it.
They’ve also added a suite of family-oriented safety tools, including a repository of articles for parents and social reporting tools that lets people notify a member of their community when they see something they don’t like.
These features, as always, are rolling out gradually, so if you don’t see them just yet, don’t worry. Check back with your Account Settings every few days and you should see them pop up soon under “Account Security”. Hit the link to read more.
A New Suite of Safety Tools [Facebook Blog]