Facebook Trusted Contacts – If you have ever watched the show ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ you will know that one of the life lines available to contestants is the ‘Phone A Friend’ option. Facebook has recognised this as a very secure way for users to regain access to their Facebook account.
If you ever have the unfortunate situation where you can’t access your Facebook account, you can now set up Facebook Trusted Contacts. These are the folks who will make sure that you are who you say you are if you should ever need the access codes to your account.
It is actually a very ingenious method of providing access to users who have locked themselves out of their account. You see, now Facebook don’t have to do all the hard work every time a user requests access to his account.
Facebook Trusted Contacts – Setting It Up
Head on over to your Facebook account. From the gear icon at the top right of the page, select the Account Settings option.
Select the Security Settings Tab. Coincidently you can do more from this tab than just setting up Trusted contacts. Do yourself a favour and check out some of the other security options available to you.
From the Security Settings select the Edit Trusted Contacts option.
Facebook will now expand the option and give you some more info on what a trusted contact is. If you decide to set it up, you need to click on the ‘Choose Trusted Contacts’ link.
An info message box will pop up, broadly outlining the concept of Facebook Trusted Contacts.
You need to choose a minimum of three trusted contacts for your Facebook account. Each person that you add will be notified that you have added them as a trusted contact.
When you have finished adding some friends as trusted contacts, click on the Confirm button.
Facebook will now list them under your Trusted Contacts.
Honestly, we have all heard stories of Facebook accounts being compromised and used for nefarious purposes. By the time you regain access to your account again, the damage might already be done. Facebook Trusted Contacts are a fantastic way of adding a second security layer to your account that will be nearly impossible for any 3rd party to circumvent, and allow you to regain access to your account should you need to.
If you ever suspect that your Facebook account is compromised, immediately go to www.facebook.com/hacked and follow the prompts. The best prevention against an on-line attack is to act responsibly with your account. Your on-line life is just as visible as your physical one (if not more so).
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