Taking forward the safety option on its social media platform, Facebook has now enabled a hardware ‘Security Key’ for its users to support even more encryption on Android and iOS. The new authentication step will allow users to use a hardware ‘security key’ to log into their account.
Note that a hardware ‘security key’ support for logging into your Facebook account is not new. This feature is available on the Facebook website for desktop since 2017. Now this technology is being rolled out for users on Android and iOS. The new hardware ‘security key’ comes as an extension of the two-factor security system used by Facebook.
How does this device work?
The ‘hardware key’ is a small plug-in device that can be directly connected to a computer or smartphone. An encrypted device is provided, it can be used as a security measure to log in to an online service or application.
Such ‘security keys’ provide protection against online phishing and hack attempts. Since they are present in a physical format, they cannot be copied online in any form. This type of device is recommended to be used by high profile people like politicians.
Suppose you already have hardware ‘security key’ or you are planning to buy one. In that case, you can connect it to your Facebook account only by going to the Security and Login page under the Settings menu. As mentioned earlier, the hardware will act as an extension of two-factor authentication, essentially replacing the text message or app verification option.
It is very easy to use
The special thing with security keys is that they are very easy to use. They are portable and can be stored in keychains. These ‘ki’ support many online apps and service. A single key can be used to gain access to many such services. Therefore, Facebook’s new step of secure login interface for its mobile users is quite brilliant.