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Facebook adds “trusted friends” security feature

Who do you trust the most? Facebook wants to know so you can keep your account safe.
Oct 28th 2011, 8:00 AM 670 5

FACEBOOK WANTS YOU to hand the “keys” of your account to your most trusted friends in case you get “locked out”.

The social networking site has started testing on a new tool which will let users give a number of their friends a special code that can unlock their account.

According to PC Mag, the website likened the so-called “guardian angel” feature to giving a friend a key to your house.

Facebook explains that on occasion, some people will lose access to their own account or have trouble logging in. If this happens, a code can be sent to “trusted friends” or “guardian angels” as Facebook calls them.

Users can pre-select between three and five friends through their Accounts Settings page. The tool will be rolled out in the next few weeks.

Third-party apps

As part of its efforts to eliminate security threats and spam, Facebook has also launched new app passwords.

As security issues relating to third-party apps have become more common, the site has added password options to some apps.

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“There are tons of applications you can use by logging in with your Facebook credentials. However in some cases you may want to have a unique password for that application,” the company said.

To enable, go to Account Settings, Security tab, and the “App Passwords” section.

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