Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Facebook Offers One-Time Passwords via Text Message

Via CNET -

Facebook added several new security features today, including the ability for people to request a one-time password for use on public computers.

When using a computer on which you don't want to type in your regular password you can now request a one-time password by texting "otp" to 32665 from a mobile phone. You have to have already confirmed that the phone is yours on your Facebook account. The one-time password will expire after 20 minutes, the company said in a blog post.

Facebook is rolling the feature out gradually, and it should be available to everyone in the coming weeks.

People should avoid using their regular passwords or accessing sensitive information on public computers because the machines could be infected with keylogging programs or other data-stealing malware.

The company also announced that it will regularly ask people to update their basic account information such as phone number, extra e-mail address, and security question so that in the event an account can not be accessed there will be updated information that can be used to help prove that the person requesting access is the owner.

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