Facebook Protect – To Expand Your Account Security

Facebook Protect
Facebook Protect

Meta launches Facebook Protect to expand your account security.

Facebook Protect, which is currently being rolled out globally, are able to protect Facebook accounts more thoroughly with benefits such as two-factor authentication (2FA), and they can also watch out for potential cyber attacks.

In September 2021, Meta reported that more than 1.5 million accounts have been enabled for Facebook Protect, and nearly 950,000 of those accounts have activated two-factor authentication.

According to the company, as part of our ongoing improvements to security, we’re expanding Facebook Protect, a program designed for people that are likely to be highly targeted by malicious hackers, including human rights defenders, journalists, and government officials.

These people are at the center of critical communities for public debate. They enable democratic elections, hold governments and organizations accountable, and defend human rights around the world. Unfortunately this also means that they are highly targeted by bad actors.

Facebook Protect helps these groups of people adopt stronger account security protections, like two-factor authentication, and monitors for potential hacking threats.

However, this important feature has been historically underutilized across the internet — even by people that are more likely to be targeted by malicious hackers, such as journalists, activists, political candidates and others, said By Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Security Policy.

“With Facebook Protect, we worked to make enrollment and use of two-factor authentication as frictionless as possible for these groups of people by providing better user experience and support. We’re also starting to require that they use it. We know that there will always be a small subset of users that won’t immediately enroll, for example those that happen to be less active on our platform at the time of a given mandate.”

“However, we believe this is an important step forward for these highly targeted communities. What we’ve seen so far is encouraging: in early testing, simplifying our enrollments flows, improving customer support, and mandating Facebook Protect brought adoption rates to over 90 percent in one month for these groups.”

The program works like Google Advanced Protection Program (APP), Your private information is protected with Google’s strongest security. The APP users with high visibility and sensitive information who are vulnerable to targeted online attacks. Automatically added protections keep you protected against today’s wide range of threats.

Does someone lose access to Facebook Protect if they don’t turn it on?

  • If so, you must turn it on.
  • A prompt will appear if your account is at high-risk, so you need to turn it on. Additionally, if you have not turned on 2FA for your Facebook account, you will have to do so as soon as possible.
  • The prompt must be accepted within a specified time period. If you do not accept within that timeframe, your account will be locked. For example, if you are a journalist and 2FA is not enabled on your Facebook account, you must enable it. After the deadline expires, your account will be locked.
  • It is important to remember that no account data is lost, just access to accounts. According to Facebook, users can regain access to accounts by turning on Facebook Protect.

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