Facebook Beefs Up Security: Adds Remote Logout and One-time Password
By on October 20th, 2010

Facebook has almost made a habit of getting into controversies surrounding its privacy and security policies. The stinging criticism from a wide section of the press, following the launch of Open Graph at f8, has clearly had an effect on Facebook. The beleaguered social networking giant has been busy cleaning up its act over the past few months.

Now, Facebook has added a couple of more features to enhance security. The first of them is Remote Logout, which Facebook has been testing for some time. As suggested by its name, this feature allows you to remotely log out of Facebook in other systems that you might have used in the past. It can be a lifesaver in case you forget to log out while surfing on a public terminal, and has long been a feature of Gmail. You can access this from Account –>Account Settings–>Settings–>Account Security.

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The other new feature is One-time Password. If you have registered your mobile phone with Facebook, you can text otpto 32665 (FBOOK) to receive a temporary password that can be used to log into Facebook. This password can only be used once and stays valid for twenty minutes. This feature is once again intended for use on unsecured public terminals, which might house keyloggers and malwares.

Both of these features are welcome additions. Unfortunately, like many other Facebook initiatives, their availability isn’t immediately noticeable to users. For example, in Facebook, the remote logout option is buried deep within the settings panel, whereas Gmail presents it in the footer of every page.

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Pallab De is a blogger from India who has a soft spot for anything techie. He loves trying out new software and spends most of his day breaking and fixing his PC. Pallab loves participating in the social web; he has been active in technology forums since he was a teenager and is an active user of both twitter (@indyan) and facebook .

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  • http://tiny.cc/mialazar Mia Lazar

    Thanks for that.

  • http://www.zxeen.com/ Jon

    I think Facebook will soon implement two factor authentication methods.

    Thanx Pallab De for the info

 
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