AAPL Stock: 118.3 ( + 0.49 )

Printed from

Facebook introduces 'Trusted Contacts' for extra account security

updated 01:12 pm EDT, Thu May 2, 2013

Friends-based system

Facebook has announced plans to roll out a new security feature for accounts, dubbed Trusted Contacts. Under the scheme, an account owner will be able to pick three to five people to whom they can give special PINs. Should the owner have trouble getting into their account, three PIN holders will be able to help them log back in. It's not clear how quickly Trusted Contacts will become available to Facebook users.

Social networks, primarily Twitter, have come under scrutiny for the threat of account hijacks. Last week the Associated Press' Twitter feed was hijacked, and a subsequent post about explosions at the White House caused the Dow Jones to plunge until the AP could assure people that the post was fake. A series of high-profile Twitter hijacks have taken place in recent months.

by MacNN Staff




Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented