Social media giant Facebook is now taking an aggressive direction to enhance its app security features. It can be recalled that in the previous months, Facebook was heavily criticized for data protection issue.
Learn about Facebook’s Two-Factor Authentication
Earlier this week, the social media giant has announced the improvements it has for the app ’s two-factor authentication process for users. One of the major changes it implemented is the removal of the phone number for the users to use the popular security feature.
“We previously required a phone number to set up two-factor authentication, to help prevent account lock-outs. Now that we have redesigned the feature to make the process easier to use third-party authentication apps like Google Authenticator and Duo Security on both desktop and mobile, we are no longer making the phone number mandatory,” Facebook wrote in a blog post.
According to Facebook, it improved the two-factor authentication in two ways:
• It made easier than ever to enable two-factor authentication with a streamlined setup flow that guides you through the process.
• It also expanded how you can secure your account with a second factor by ensuring that people can enable two-factor authentication without registering a phone number.
It can be recalled that Facebook has received a public backlash because of its two-factor authentication which required users to enter a phone number. Some Facebook users complained that they had been spammed with this requirement.
“I can just say that we’ve gotten the feedback that people want it to be easier, people do take security seriously,” according to Pete Voss, Facebook’s security communications manager when he told Wired in an interview.