With the latest news of Facebook storing unhashed passwords in clear view of their employees, now is a great time to enable two-factor authentication. Doing so will keep your Facebook account secure even if one of their employees decide to have a little fun at your expense. As with the two-step verification that Google uses, you are only required to enter the security code if you are logging into an unknown device.
To enable two-factor authentication on your Facebook account:
- Login to Facebook.
- Click the down arrow on the menu bar. A list drops down.
- Select Settings. The General Account Settings appear.
- From the menu on the left, select Security and Login. The Security and Login page appears.
- Click Use two-factor authentication. The Two-Factor Authentication page appears.
- Click the Get Started button. A dialog box appears.
- Select how you want authenticate your login, with a text message or an authenticator app.
- Click the Next button. You will either be asked to enter a phone number or set up the authenticator app.
- Click the Next button. A code is texted to your phone or a prompt appears on your phone.
- Enter the code into the text box or tap on the prompt on your phone.
- Click the Next button. A notification dialog box appears.
- Click Finish.
Once it is enabled, it is a good idea to print off recovery codes or select another backup option in case you loose your phone or it is stolen.