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Facebook Is Making Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Mandatory for Some Users

For users whose accounts are at high risk of being hacked, Facebook is anticipated to make two-factor authentication (2FA) obligatory soon. This move is part of Facebook Protect, an enhanced security strategy targeted at safeguarding those who are vulnerable to security threats.

Facebook Makes 2FA Mandatory For High Risk Accounts

That means that accounts with a high risk of being hacked will be compelled to enable two-factor authentication on Facebook in order to continue using the social media network. If a user does not do so within a certain amount of time, he or she will be unable to access the account until the requirement is met.

While Facebook will not prevent users from accessing their accounts indefinitely, they will be asked to install two-factor authentication in order to recover access. For those who are unfamiliar, two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to users’ accounts. In addition to their account’s password, those who enable it will be required to provide a security code (sent to their registered phone number or via an authenticator app). Two-factor authentication is available for a variety of services, including WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, and others.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Security Policy at Facebook (via TechCrunch) stated, “2FA is such a core component of any user’s online defense, so we want to make this as easy as possible. To help drive wider enrollment of 2FA, we need to go beyond raising awareness or encouraging enrollment. This is a community of people that sit at very critical points in public debate and are highly targeted, so for their own protection, they probably should be enabling 2FA.

According to Facebook, roughly 950,000 of the 1.5 billion accounts in the Facebook Protect program have enabled two-factor authentication. Facebook Protect has first introduced in 2018 as an experimental program in the United States ahead of the 2020 elections. This was implemented to prevent election interference and platform abuse.

2FA is an underutilized feature on the Meta-owned social media platform, which aims to make it mandatory for high-risk users. However, whether or not it makes the feature necessary for all users remains to be seen. By the end of the year, the program will have spread to 50 countries, including India, Portugal, and others. By 2022, more countries will be added to the list. Check out the guide to 2FA by Facebook here.

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