Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!
Original Air Date: Jun 3, 2013
Your Facebook Friends Hold The Key To Getting Back
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Have you ever forgotten your password? Of course you have. We all have.
It’s time for another Data Doctors Tech Tip.
The next time you're locked of your Facebook account, one of your friends can loan you the key.
Facebook recently launched a security feature called "Trusted Contacts" as an optional way for people to recover their passwords with the help of their closest friends.
With Trusted Contacts, you can pick three to five friends you trust to help you get back into your account the next time you're having trouble logging in.
If you do get locked out, the social network will send security codes to the friends on your list. Those friends can then pass along those codes to you.
You'll need a total of three security codes to recover your account, so no one single friend holds the key to your Facebook account. If you only have one friend, you’d better make some more.
Now you don’t have to worry about remembering the answer to your security question or filling out long web forms to prove who you are, you’ve got trusted friends for that.
You can choose your Trusted Contacts in the security settings section of your Facebook account. Your friends will then receive notifications that they've been entrusted with your Facebook security.
Remember it’s important to only pick friends who you'd trust with a spare key to your house.
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