How to secure your Facebook account without giving up your phone number

Facebook is always pestering people for their phone numbers, through one means or another. Until this week you’ve needed to hand over your digits if you wanted to secure your account via the standard two factor authentication, for example.

Previously, the company’s two-factor system has relied on sending codes via SMS, which users can use to securely log-in on different devices, but now the company is offering an alternative.

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Facebook is now allowing users to use authentication apps like Duo Mobile or Google Authenticator to verify logins.

Here’s how to set it up:

  • Firstly, follow this link to Facebook’s 2fac website and tap ‘Get Started’
  • Next choose the option to use an authentication app.
  • Download your choice of third-party authentication app and install. Browse to the ‘add barcode option’ and then scan the QR code that appears on Facebook.
  • Next you’ll be asked for a 6-digit code, which appears within the authenticator app.

The two-factor authentication is now set up and any new logins will ask for a new code, which will be accessible within the chosen authenticator app.

If you’ve previously added two-factor authentication via your phone number, you can now remove it and still have the peace of mind that your account is less susceptible to hacking.

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