Facebook introduces one-time passwords and remote logout

By on October 13, 2010, 10:21 AM
Facebook has added new features to help users make their account more secure and will also regularly prompt you to keep your security information updated. The social networking site now has one-time passwords and the ability to logout remotely. The former is being rolled out gradually, and should be available to everyone in the coming weeks, while the latter is available to everyone now.

One-time passwords make it safer to use public computers in places like hotels, cafés, or airports. Those with concerns about the security of the computer they're using while accessing Facebook can text "otp" to 32665 on their mobile phone and have a one-time password (it expires in 20 minutes) texted back to them to use instead of their regular password. The feature can only be accessed if you have a mobile phone number added to your account.

The ability to logout of Facebook remotely can be useful if you login from a friend's phone or computer and then forget to logout. You can check if you're still logged in on other devices and remotely logout from your Account Settings, under the Account Security section. All of your active sessions are presented there along with information about each session. If someone accesses your account without your permission, you can also shut down the unauthorized login. After that you'll want to reset your password.





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gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That's actually pretty useful. One of the main reasons I don't like using public computers for anything is worrying about which teenager running the overseas internet cafe is stealing passwords.

Zilpha Zilpha said:

I'm still more concerned about Facebook itself and their questionable privacy and content policies than I am someone stealing my facebook login info.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

There should be an authenticator java tool for phones, so you can log in safely to your mail and more online like facebook, pretty much like they do with your bank, and battle.net account which is pretty awesome.

freythman freythman said:

The only problem with this, is that if someone takes your phone, then now not only do they have access to your facebook account on your mobile, but all they have to do is text "otp" to 32665 and they can easily gain access to facebook on a pc, changing your security settings.

Guest said:

I'd be more concerned with the fact someone had just stolen my phone, to be honest.

Emil said:

freythman said:

The only problem with this, is that if someone takes your phone, then now not only do they have access to your facebook account on your mobile, but all they have to do is text "otp" to 32665 and they can easily gain access to facebook on a pc, changing your security settings.

They would have to know your Facebook login though.

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