According to The edge, Facebook will support 2FA security keys on mobile devices. The social media giant first broke the news via a Blog. Facebook has supported 2FA security keys for the desktop version since 2017. However, starting today, March 18, the social media giant will expand support for its iOS and Android apps for better security.
For those who are not familiar with two-factor authentication (2FA), it provides an additional layer of support for online accounts. The user who uses 2FA must log in with his password and additional information. This information is usually a digital code generated by a third party system.
Without these two pieces of information, it will be more difficult for a hacker or a malicious third party to access your account. The Facebook blog post says, “We strongly recommend that everyone consider using a physical security key to increase the security of their accounts.”
It doesn’t matter if you are an iOS user or an Android user, having more security is always a good thing. Facebook is no stranger to being in hot water privacy. However, this new movement seems to be really helping.
Facebook will soon support 2FA security keys on iOS and Android
Physical security keys provide an additional layer of security for user accounts. Your device then connects with these physical keys via USB or Bluetooth. For this reason, they are the best way to protect online accounts. However, there are other methods.
These other methods include authenticator apps or generated codes that users can enter. Unfortunately, a malicious third party can intercept these codes. Users using a security key have more control over who can access their accounts. Once they have connected their key to their device, they are verified and can connect.
Facebook isn’t the only social media company focused on protecting user accounts. 2FA will also receive an update from Twitter. Twitter will allow users to use 2FA as the only authentication method in the future. Currently, Twitter users can use a security key and a second 2FA method as a backup.
More ways to protect your digital presence are always a good thing. 2FA security keys have been around for quite some time. But it’s good to see Facebook bringing choice to smartphones. Smartphones are the primary means for many people around the world to access their bank accounts, social media accounts, etc.
As Facebook continues to expand support, other social media platforms may adopt this strategy. Check out what the new update looks like below.