(Last Updated On: December 23, 2020)

Facebook said that it will be allowing users to physically set up security keys as a mode of verifying their identity prior to logging into the social network’s mobile app, starting from 2021. 

At the moment, Facebook provides an option to provide a hardware security key to connect to a desktop computer prior to every log-in. 

The company said, users will be able to buy a hardware key from retailers, and register it with Facebook.

Facebook also said that it will be planning on expanding Facebook Protect, which is the company’s security program for high-profile accounts as well as election candidates, to even more kinds of accounts around the world in 2021.

The release of new security services comes after a hack had occurred in July on Twitter, which had many a lot of celebrity accounts vulnerable. At the moment, in the US, politicians, government agencies and election staff are able to receive Facebook Protect with extra security measures like two-factor authentication and real-time monitoring for possible hacking threats. 

Journalists and human rights activists who are more likely to be targeted will also be able to use Facebook Protect right now.

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