Two-Factor Authentication on Facebook

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Two-Factor Authentication on Facebook: Want to get your Facebook account more secure?
If yes or something related to that, then you need to consider enabling two-factor authentication for your Facebook account.
In this post, you’ll see how to set up two-factor authentication for your Facebook account. 
Interestingly, there are various two-factor authentication techniques you can use with your Facebook account when logging in from an unrecognized computer or mobile device.

See: How To Get Recovery Facebook Login Codes To Use When You don't have Your Phone

To get started with two-factor authentication, you’ll need to first turn it on and then choose any of the methods you like.

What is two-factor authentication?
Two-factor authentication is a security feature that helps protect your Facebook account in addition to your password.



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If you set up two-factor authentication, you’ll be asked to enter a special login code or confirm your login attempt each time someone tries accessing Facebook from a computer or mobile device Facebook doesn’t recognize.

You can also get alerts when someone tried logging in from a computer Facebook doesn’t recognize.

Setting Up Two-Factor Authentication on Facebook 1. Log in to your Facebook account

2. Click 🔻 at the top right corner of any Facebook page

3. Click Settings from the drop-down menu

4. Next, click Security and Login

5. Scroll down to Use two-factor authentication and click Edit.

6. Choose the authentication method you want to add and follow the on-screen instructions.

7. Click Enable once you’ve selected and turned on an authentication method.

How To Get Started With Two-Factor Authentication
To get started with two-factor authentication, you’ll need to choose either:

– Text message (SMS) codes from your mobile phone.

– Login codes from a third party authentication app.

How To use text messages (SMS) for two-factor authentication on Facebook
When you turn on two-factor authentication, you’re asked to choose either text message (SMS) codes or a third-party authentication app as your primary security method.

If you choose to use text message (SMS), you’ll be sent a text message (SMS) with a special 6-digit security code each time someone tries logging into your Facebook account from a computer or mobile device we don’t recognize.

To turn on text message (SMS) login codes for your mobile phone:
1. Log in to your Facebook account

2. Click 🔻 at the top right corner of any Facebook page

3. Click Settings from the drop-down menu

4. Next, click Security and Login

5. Scroll down to Use two-factor authentication and click Edit.

6. If you haven’t set up two-factor authentication before, you’ll have to click Get Started. You may be asked to re-enter your Facebook password at this point.

7. Click Text Message when you’re asked to choose your security method and follow the on-screen instructions.

8. Once you’ve turned on text message (SMS) codes, you should also set up a second security feature, such as trusted contacts or recovery codes.

9. This helps to protect you in case your mobile phone is lost, stolen or hacked.

Other Useful Resources

– Text message (SMS) security codes used for two-factor authentication are always 6 digits long.

– If you’re not receiving your text message (SMS) login codes, you may have turned off text messages from Facebook. Learn how to turn text messages (SMS) back on.

– If you want to turn off text message (SMS) codes and use a different security method for two-factor authentication instead, you’ll need to have had a third-party authentication app turned on to do this.

– You can disable text message (SMS) security codes by clicking Remove number next to the mobile phone number you want to stop using.

If you don’t have a third-party authentication app turned on, removing your mobile phone number will also turn off two-factor authentication.

– You can turn back on text message (SMS) codes for a mobile phone by clicking Use two-factor authentication > Text Message. Click on the mobile phone number you want to start using again and follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: Facebook doesn’t charge you for using text messages (SMS) for two-factor authentication. However, your mobile provider’s standard rates for sending and receiving messages still apply.

How do I use an authentication app for two-factor authentication?

You can only add a third-party authentication app or other two-factor authentication methods if you already have access to your Facebook account.

When you turn on two-factor authentication, you’re asked to choose either text message (SMS) codes or a third-party authentication app as your primary security method.

A third-party authentication app (such as Google Authenticator or LastPass) can be used to generate login codes that help us confirm it’s you when you log in from a new device for the first time.

To use a third-party authentication app for login codes:
1. Install a third-party authentication app on your device. It’s best to install the app on the device you normally use to access Facebook.

2. Go to your Security and Login Settings.

3. Scroll down and click Use two-factor authentication.

4. Click Get Started. You may be asked to re-enter your password at this point.

5. Click Authentication App when you’re asked to choose your security method.

6. You’ll need to follow the on-screen instructions.

You’ll need to have at least one of these set up in order to use two-factor authentication. Once you have added either text message (SMS) codes or a third party authentication app on your account, you’ll also be able to set up some of the optional methods below:

– Approving your login attempt from a device we recognize.
– Using one of your recovery codes.
– Tapping your security key on a compatible device.

Other Useful Resources
– If you haven’t saved the computer or mobile device you’re using, you’ll be asked to do so when you turn on two-factor authentication.

This way you won’t have to enter a security code when you log in again. Don’t click Save this browser if you’re using a public computer that other people can access (example: a library computer).

– Facebook needs to be able to remember your computer and browser information so Facebook can recognize it the next time you log in.

Some browser features block this. If you’ve turned on private browsing or set up your browser to clear your history every time it closes, you might have to enter a code every time you log in.

How do I get recovery login codes to use when I don’t have my phone?
If you have set up two-factor authentication, you can get recovery login codes to use when you have your mobile phone.

Interestingly, if you’ve turned on two-factor authentication for your Facebook account, you can get 10 recovery login codes to use when you’re unable to use your phone.

To get your codes:
1. Log in to your Facebook account

2. Click 🔻 at the top right corner of any Facebook page

3. Click Settings from the drop-down menu

4. Under the Two-Factor Authentication section, click Use two-factor authentication. You may need to re-enter your password.

5. Next, to Recovery Codes, click Setup then Get Codes. If you’ve already set up recovery codes, you can click Show Codes.

Note that you can print or write down the 10 codes that appear. You’ll only be able to use each code once. If you run out of codes or lose them, you can request new ones by clicking get new codes.

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