Facebook adds a few more security features to their site: Trusted Friends and App Passwords.
In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Facebook has released the new apps. The Facebook Security team has released a post on their blog detailing the new features.
The Trusted Friends feature lets users select three to five friends who can request a code to unlock their Facebook account.
If you forgot your password and need to login but can't access your email account, you can rely on your friends to help you get back in, Facebook said on its blog. We will send codes to the friends you have selected and they can pass along that information to you.
Though select your trusted friends carefully-they may request a reset code without your knowledge and use it to change your Facebook page. Anyone who has left their logged-in Facebook account unattended has probably fallen victim to a few pranks at the hand of their trusted friends.
The other new security feature is the App Password generator. Many apps on Facebook require separate log-ins such as Skype. The new app will generate a code to be used for the app and stores it so you don't have to remember the random string of letters and numbers.
The new apps are still in the testing phases and will be rolled out in the next few weeks.
Facebook has long been criticized for the way it handles collecting data on users and what data it keeps about them. The new security changers are not likely to silence those critics.
For a compressive view of how Facebook handles users' security, check out the infograph they posted on their site.