Facebook Adds Mobile Authentication
Facebook has introduced a new mobile authentication feature designed to help users better protect their accounts from being hijacked by password-stealing miscreants. The opt-in feature — which requires users to share their mobile phone number — is welcome security measure, but may be a tough sell to users already wary of providing too much information to the social networking giant.
Facebook users can enable “Login Approvals” by logging in and navigating to Account, then Account Settings, and then Account Security. When I enabled this feature and provided my cell phone, it quickly sent a six character, alphanumeric code via text message, that I needed to enter on Facebook.com.