Facebook testing a new way to regain your locked account by face identity

Credit: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/05/how-mark-zuckerberg-keeps-facebook-employees-innovating.html

Facebook is reportedly working on a facial recognition feature that will enable you regain your locked account, TNW’s Matt Navarra tweeted earlier today. What that means is that if you ever lock yourself out of Facebook or unable to regain immediate access, the social media platform’s new feature [if it gets the final nod after the test] will require your face to verify your identity. It’s the social media giant’s very own version of Apple’s Face ID.

Sometimes it becomes a big challenge receiving the two-factor authentication SMS—and the facial recognition feature could come in handy. Asked to confirm if the company is indeed testing the feature, the company in a statement made available to TechCrunch said:

We are testing a new feature for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during the account recovery process. This optional feature is available only on devices you’ve already used to log in. It is another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS, that were taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity .”

The feature is still being tested by the social media giant, and could become available if all goes according to plan. Facebook and other social media giant continue to explore and test new ways to beat hackers and keep them at bay.

It’s been established over the years that individuals and social media companies need to do more than just use strong passwords when securing their accounts—things haven’t really worked as expected.

Facebook announced in January that it would allow users to link a token to their accounts. With it, you can log in from a new browser or geographic region. Then, plug the hardware into your computer and give it a tap. Doing so will convince the social media giant that you are the real owner of the account. It is one of the forms of a two-factor authentication system, which is a security method that adds another layer of protection to your logins, instead of just relying on your password.

Last August, Instagram raised alarm over activities of hackers that threatened its network. This followed an Instagram bug that reportedly gave access to hackers to access contact phone numbers and email addresses of verified users.

According to Instagram, the bug was discovered on its app programming interface. The application programming interface or API is used by the platform to communicate with other apps. The company did not give further details on exact users affected.

Users were therefore advised by Instagram to consider using stronger password, change it as often as possible, and use the two-factor authentication and emails to secure their accounts.

Prior to that day, the Instagram account of music superstar, Selena Gomez with 125 million followers was taken down by hackers. The hackers secured access to Selena’s account and were able to post some nude photos of her ex Justin Bieber. The account was, however, restored by Instagram later in the day.

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