Facebook has announced that it is updating the way users verify their logins. The company’s security team, Facebook Security posted a note on its page detailing the changes that have been working on to simplify its existing two-factor authentication (2FA). Under the new changes, users no longer need to give Facebook their phone numbers to use 2FA. The company also announced that it is finally bringing support for third-party 2FA apps such as Google Authenticator and Duo Security both on the desktop as well as mobile.
The company is also added that it is simplifying the process of starting with 2FA. For the people who have not used 2FA, it is an important way for users to protect their data against unauthorized access by adding another layer of verification even if their password gets hacked. Most of the 2FA users here must be using SMS for 2FA but the thing to note here is that SMS is not the most secure method as hackers can control or even clone your SIM cards to intercept the SMS.
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However, the decision to remove the requirement of a phone number is likely to be one of the most significant changes as this will give users the option to not provide Facebook with their phone number. This means that users who have been extremely reluctant to use 2FA because it required a phone number can finally use this feature.
According to a report by TechCrunch, this is not the first time that we have heard about the phone numbers given to Facebook as part of its 2FA feature. Alex Stamos, the CSO (Chief Security Officer) for Facebook issued an apology after it was revealed that the company was spamming its users with phone numbers that were given for the purpose of 2FA.