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07 Nov 2011

Facebook increases security to lock hacked accounts

In an effort to help protect users' internet security while on social networking giant Facebook, the website said it "roadblocks" 250,000 to 600,000 accounts on any given day to protect the website, according to PCWorld. When users who have been hacked want to get their account back, they can have "trusted friends" confirm their identity, according to a blog post by Facebook Security.

"It's sort of similar to giving a house key to your friends when you go on vacation - pick the friends you most trust in case you need their help," the blog post said. "If you forgot your password and need to login but can't access your email account, you can rely on your friends to help you get back in."
PCWorld said while this security measure is better than nothing, it seems like flawed logic, adding that if Facebook is hacked and the attacker wants to keep control, they could just change the account's trusted friends.

AllFaceBook's website said other internet security measures on the website include temporary passwords for use on a public computer, remote logout for ending active sessions on multiple computers and social authentication to identify "odd behavior" on an account.