Prevent Facebook Account Hacking With “One Time Password”
The new “one-time password” feature allows Facebook users to create a temporary password to make it safer to use in public computers or any other public place that may have an unsecure Wi-Fi network, where they believe their regular password might get compromised.
Facebook’s Product Manager Jake Brill wrote in a blog post, “If you have any concerns about security of the computer you’re using while accessing Facebook, we can text you a one-time password to use instead of your regular password.”
To use the new feature, users must list their mobile phone numbers with their Facebook accounts so that “one-time password” can be texted to them. Then, the Facebook user can simply text “otp” to the number “32665” from their mobile phone and Facebook will send a temporary password that can be used only once and expires in 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes, nobody will be able to use that password to log into the Facebook account.
The world’s No.1 Social Networking site “Facebook” has already introduced a remote logout feature, a way for users to track the system and devices that have logged into their account and remotely shut down the unauthorized log-ins.
During past couple of months, Facebook has come under fire due to its inadequate privacy control features but now they have started implementing more and more security features so that Facebook users can have more control over their personal information.
According to Jake Brill, they have planned to gradually roll-out the new feature and it will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.
Smart, Isn’t it?
This entry was posted on October 18, 2010 by Avinash. It was filed under Security Articles and was tagged with Facebook, Facebook Account, Facebook Profile, Jake Brill, One-Time Password, OTP, Remote Logout, Social Networking, Temporary Password.