What’s the latest and greatest from Facebook? Well, they have decided that a small subset of Facebook users are now eligible to enroll in Facebook Protect – a way for political candidates, their campaigns and elected officials to further secure their accounts.
Two factor authentication has been available to users for quite some time now, but this feature has been underutilized by many. Meta, Facebook’s parent company, says, “with Facebook Protect, we worked to make enrollment and use of two-factor authentication as frictionless as possible for these groups of people by providing better user experience and support. We’re also starting to require that they use it. We know that there will always be a small subset of users that won’t immediately enroll, for example those that happen to be less active on our platform at the time of a given mandate. However, we believe this is an important step forward for these highly targeted communities.”
More Protection or More Confusion?
According to Meta, Facebook Protect helps candidates, their campaigns and elected officials adopt stronger account security protections, like two-factor authentication, and monitors for potential hacking threats. There are also other groups of people outside of the political world that have been contacted to initiate the process to activate their Facebook Protect. So, what if a user doesn’t want to activate their Facebook Protect feature? Facebook will subsequently lock out your account until you do.
From a 30,000 foot view, these new precautions look like stronger passwords on top of two factor authentication on top of many other steps that all must be user initiated. Switching from app to app in order to sign in to Facebook and then hoping a password isn’t forgotten in the shuffle can be overwhelming. Does it add a layer of security? Sure. But on the user front, it can provide more confusion.
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