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article imageFacebook changes two-factor authentication

By Lisa Cumming     May 24, 2018 in Technology
Facebook has changed how the two-factor authentication process works — now users don't need to use their phone numbers and can use an authenticator app instead.
Yesterday Facebook announced that it changed the way two-factor authentication is set up, calling it "easier" than before.
The social media giant says that they've set up a "streamlined setup flow" to help guide users through the new two-factor authentication setup process and they've added different ways to secure accounts with a second factor, no longer requiring the use of a phone number.
"We previously required a phone number in order to set up two-factor authentication, to help prevent account lock-outs. Now that we have redesigned the feature to make the process easier to use third-party authentication apps like Google Authenticator and Duo Security on both desktop and mobile, we are no longer making the phone number mandatory." — from the Facebook announcement, written by Scott Dickens, a product manager at Facebook
Some are saying that this new move means the company is taking security more seriously and others are happy that "Facebook [has] finally stop[ped] screwing around."
This move doesn't mean that the option for using your phone number for two-factor authentication is gone, it just means that it isn't mandatory. But, this does mean that it's now easier to use third-party apps as your means of two-factor authentication. Also, if you haven't already done so, let this be a reminder that two-factor authentication is crucial for securing your account.
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