How to turn on 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) on Facebook. Step-by-step Guide.31 January 2024 0 By TKH
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Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to turn on Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on Facebook
1. Log in to Facebook:
Open your web browser or Facebook App and log in to your Facebook account using your username and password.
2. Access Settings:
Click on the downward-facing arrow located in the top-right corner of the Facebook homepage to access the dropdown menu. From the menu, select “Settings & Privacy,” then click on “Settings.”
3. Navigate to Meta Account Center:
At the very top, you would see, META Account Centre, click or tap on this area, and the account center opens up. Select “Password and security” under the Account Settings section. When this opens up, select “Two-Factor Authentication” under the Login & recovery section.
4. Two-Factor Authentication:
If you have linked your META Apps, you would need to select the account you want to set the 2FA on.
5. Choose Authentication Method:
Facebook will present you with different options for 2FA. You can choose between “Text Message (SMS),” “Authentication App,” “Recovery codes” (under additional methods) or “Security Key.” Select the method you prefer and follow the on-screen instructions to set it up.
- Text Message (SMS): If you choose this option, Facebook will send a verification code to your mobile phone number whenever you log in from an unrecognized device or browser.
- Authentication App: If you prefer using an authentication app like Google Authenticator or Duo (my personal preference), select this option. You’ll need to scan a QR code or manually enter a code provided by Facebook into your authentication app. Remember, you will have to install the authenticator app from your app store before proceeding.
- Recovery Codes: This option is under “Additional methods” and you use it when other authentication methods are not available or when you are not able to access your phone.
- Security Key: This option involves using a physical security key (like a USB key) to authenticate your login attempts. This method is more advanced and requires a compatible security key. It is more like a backup method.
6. Follow On-Screen Instructions:
Depending on the authentication method you choose, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup process. This may involve verifying your identity, scanning QR codes, or entering codes sent to your phone.
7. Confirm Setup:
Once you’ve completed the setup process, Facebook will prompt you to confirm that Two-Factor Authentication is now enabled. Review the settings and click “Confirm” or “Done” to finalize the setup.
That’s it! Two-factor authentication is now enabled on your Facebook account, providing an extra layer of security to help protect your account from unauthorized access. Make sure to keep your authentication method (such as your phone or security key) in a safe place and accessible when needed for logging in.
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