Phishing scams are widely popular on Facebook. Cyber criminals relentlessly pursue ways and means to obtain Facebook usernames and passwords. These compromised accounts often send out spam or scam messages virally across the platform. Scammers can also data mine these accounts and their network of friends. This information can be used for identity theft or other targeted attacks.
Login Approvals is a two-factor authentication feature employed by Facebook. It’s an added layer of security that requires a code to be entered to complete the login process if the device isn’t recognised by Facebook.
To access this setting, click on the down arrow located in the top right hand corner and then click on the ‘Settings’ link. Next, click on the ‘Security’ link located in the left hand column. You can also be taken directly to this screen by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security
Now all you have to do is click the ‘Edit’ link under Login Approvals and set everything up. If you use the Facebook mobile application, then you can also enable ‘Code Generator’ on this screen. Instead of sending you a text message with the secret code, the mobile Facebook application will generate a code for you to use.
You can also print out a list of codes if you know that you aren’t going to have access to your phone. This is great to keep in mind if you are travelling or if your phone dies a lot. Click on the ‘Get Codes’ link in the Login Approvals section.
Two-factor authentication should be used on any sites that offer it. This requires a hacker to not only have your username and password, but to also have access to your mobile device. Be sure to enable this security feature on any other sites that offer it (like Google.)