Facebook will add more account security features next year

Dec. 22 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc. (FB.O) It said on Tuesday that it would start allowing users to set up physical security keys as a way to verify their identity before signing in to the social network’s mobile app, starting next year.

Currently, the company offers an option to request a hardware security key to connect to a desktop before each login.

Users can buy a hardware key from retailers and register it with Facebook, the company said, confirming an earlier report by the Axios news website.

The world’s largest social network said it also plans to expand Facebook Protect, its security program for high-profile accounts, including election candidates, to more account types globally next year.

The launch of new security services follows a July attack on the social network Twitter Inc. (TWTR.N) which compromised many celebrity accounts, including those of President-elect Joe Biden and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Currently available in the United States, Facebook Protect offers a way for politicians, government agencies, and election staff to set up additional security provisions, such as two-factor authentication and real-time monitoring for potential hacking threats.

It will now be available to users like journalists and human rights activists who are at higher risk of being attacked by sophisticated hackers, Facebook added.

Reporting by Munsif Vengattil and Eva Mathews in Bangalore; Edited by Maju Samuel

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