Facebook’s new security features help control your privacy, especially if you log in on cybercafés, hotels or at airports. You can now force Facebook to logoff from a remote location and create one time passwords. These are easier to use than you’d think and, for me, give greater confidence when using Facebook on business trips. Here’s how it works.
How to Sign Out of Facebook Remotely
Facebook has added more security features to its social network. I’ll avoid the technical details and explain three ways to protect your privacy and stay more secure on Facebook.
1. One Time Passwords
Facebook has released one-time passwords to make it safer to use public computers in places like hotels, cafes or airports. If you have any concerns about security when accessing Facebook, they can text you a one-time password to use instead of your regular password.
To do this:
- Text “otp” to 32665 on your mobile phone
- Facebook will send you a password that can be used only once.
- It expires in 20 minutes.
- To access this feature, you’ll need a mobile phone number in your account.
2. Sign Out From Facebook Remotely
You now also sign out of Facebook from a remote location. These session controls are ideal if you log into Facebook from a friend’s phone or computer and then forget to sign out.
To do this:
- Go to your Account Settings, you can check if you’re still logged in on other devices and remotely log out.
- Under the Account Security section of your Account Settings page you’ll see all of your active sessions, along with information about each session.
- If someone accesses your account without your permission, you can also shut down the unauthorized login before resetting your password and taking other steps to secure your account and computer.
3. Keep Secrets Secret!
When you log in to Facebook, it will regularly prompt you to keep their security information updated.
If you ever lose access to your account, having this information helps us verify who you are and get you back into your account quickly.
Tip: You don’t have to wait for us to prompt you; you can update your Facebook security setting here.
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I’ve never had any issues (touch wood!) with Facebook and it’s security.
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