Account access lost? Soon you can ask your friends for a hand in getting it back
For most people, logging on to Facebook is a chance to share photos, poke someone and swap gossip with friends. But online criminals have woken up to the social networking site, and according to Facebook, there are now 600,000 compromised logins a day.
The compromised logins represent 0.06 per cent of all logins on a given day, Facebook revealed this week.
The compromised logins may be a result of a user being phished, trying to access their account from a PC infected with malware or using the same password for multiple services and then having that password stolen, the company told silicon.com sister site CNET – or it could just be where Facebook isn't sure if the login is genuine. "Compromised in this sense refers to logins where we are not absolutely confident that the account's true owner is accessing the account and we either preemptively or retroactively block access."
Facebook also revealed its users are experiencing a problem many would associate with email: junk mail. According to the social networking site, four per cent of content share on Facebook is spam and 0.5 per cent of users will get that spam on an average day.
Facebook released the statistics as part of the announcement of its Trusted Friends feature – an opt-in way for a user to recover an account that's been stolen.
Should an account have been compromised and the password changed, Facebook users can call on their Trusted Friends to help get access back. Once a user has picked three to five people to be their Trusted Friends, if their account is taken over, codes are sent out to the friends. The user can then gather the codes to regain access to their account.
Trusted Friends is an alternative to waiting for a password reset email to be delivered, or a way around of access to the email address associated with the Facebook account having been lost as well.