Facebook responds to users' concerns with enhanced password protection
As one of the world's most popular websites, Facebook inherently attracts its share of hackers and cybercriminals. In response to growing online security concerns among consumers, the social media giant has debuted enhanced password protection capabilities.
According to PC Mag, Facebook officials recently revealed that administrators see an average of 600,000 compromised logins each day.
"A 'compromised login' means the person logging in knows the username and password for an account, but we suspect they may not be the actual owner of the account," Facebook spokesman Fred Wolens explained to the news source.
Not only could the intruder gather and exploit sensitive user data, he or she could also lock the original user out of their own account, according to PC Magazine.
To remedy this problem, Facebook has developed a new program called Trusted Friends. According to Forbes, users can choose three to five friends to be sent specialized access codes which can then be used to log back into the locked account.
Although this is encouraging news in the social media community, consumers must be aware that very few websites have the resources to offer protections on par with Facebook.
Further highlighting the importance of password manager software is the growing trend in identity theft, which recently surpassed 12.7 million cases in the past 12 months.