18 June 2012
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By David Jackson.Imagine your password getting stolen and your account being hacked. Your whole social life will come to a halt. To spare you from this horrific situation and in order to provide you with a carefree social networking experience, Facebook is rolling out more security features. Facebook, owing to an explosion of password leaks has taken up a step to educate its users about how to make their accounts more secure. For this purpose, the social networking site is asking users their cell phone numbers where they can get password verification texts.
Every Facebook user will have a link at the top of their news feed suggesting them to ‘Stay in control of your account by following these simple security tips.’ The message comprises a link to the security page of Facebook where users will be taught on several security issues such as how to choose a password which is unique to others and how to identify a scam. In addition, users are asked to provide a mobile phone number where Facebook can send replacement passwords every time a password is changed.
By having an access to the phone numbers of its users, Facebook will be able to right away delete passwords and send new passwords to the users through text messages. This will facilitate in avoiding the obvious delay in waiting for users in following e-mail warnings for changing and resetting their passwords.
Some theorists may also suggest that the social networking giant is cashing upon the latest security fiascos for a mouthful of more mobile phone numbers. However what it seems like that the company is only trying to reduce the number of issues related to accounts getting hacked. Facebook is doing a good job enabling users to make their accounts more secure by verifying their mobile phone numbers.