Facebook adds new password recovery tool: Trusted Contacts

Summary:Facebook introduces what it describes as the digital version of lending your house key to a friend when you go on vacation.


Social networks ( notably Twitter ) have been plagued by a number of hackings lately, and Facebook is trying to shore up its own platform with a new security measure.

The world's largest social network is rolling out Trusted Contacts, a new password recovery method developed based on both testing and user feedback from a small pool of members.

See also: Facebook's Q1: $1.458 billion in revenue, 1.11 billion monthly active users

Facebook users can select between three to five trusted friends who can help out if when experiencing issues accessing their account.

For example, if you forget your password, Facebook can send codes to the chosen friends, who can then pass along that information you need to access your account.

Reps for the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company suggested thinking of it like giving a house key to a friend while going on vacation.

Thus, if you're going to trust a friend with a house key, just like with a password, it better be someone you trust the most with personal information and possessions.

Screenshot via Facebook

Topics: Security, Mobility, Social Enterprise, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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