Tuesday, April 20

on smartphones too, a security key can protect your account

Recently, Facebook allows the use of a security key to connect to his account via his smartphone. Since 2017, this feature was already present for PC or Mac users. Facebook strongly encourages “people who may be the target of hackers” to equip themselves.

Here is a USB key that should not be forgotten in the back of his pockets. Available for PC and Mac since 2017, the security key used in Facebook’s two-step authentication is coming to mobile, Android and iOS. Until now, you could only count on traditional authentication applications, or sending an SMS, to add a layer of defense to your account. Two-step authentication usually activates when signing in on a device that Facebook does not know about.

So-called physical security keys are small USB keys considered by computer security specialists as one of the best ways to protect yourself from hackers. This is for a simple reason: once the key is activated, you must have it in your hands to be able to access your account. Google has already launched its own model, the Titan.

For personalities at risk

On its blog, Facebook encourages “People who are at high risk of being the target of malicious hackers” to equip themselves. The social network cites the “Politicians, journalists, public figures” or even “human rights defenders”.

To get a key bearing the logo and colors of Mark Zuckerberg’s firm, it will be impossible, because Facebook does not manufacture its own keys.

Depending on the model, it will be possible either to connect via Bluetooth, or by plugging it directly into the smartphone.

As for the activation of said key, simply go to the Security and Connection section, in the settings, and activate the two-factor authentication. There, a new option is available in addition to the use of SMS or an authentication application: the key is secure.

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