When most people read or talk about social media, they are usually thinking of Facebook, the most popular social media platform. Because of Facebook's popularity, there are constant stories of accounts being hacked, or people forgetting passwords and being locked out of their profiles. Facebook has numerous account recovery tools, and has recently introduced Trusted Contacts, a feature that calls on your friends to help you regain access.
Trusted Contacts was officially introduced by Facebook in early May 2013, after nearly two years in testing. It is a potentially really useful feature that could help you out one day.
What exactly is Trusted Contacts?
According to Facebook, "Trusted Contacts lets your friends help you if you’re having trouble logging into your account." If you have been previously using the Trusted Friends feature, this has now been renamed and merged with Trusted Contacts.
Trusted Contacts allows users to set up to five Facebook friends who can help you regain access to your account. For example, if you forget your password your nominated friends can send you a phrase to enter so that you can get back into your account.
It is a good idea to set this up, but beware that at least three friends who you set as a Trusted Contact will need to send you a private code before you can regain access. The friends will only have access to the code if they log into Facebook, so make sure you pick someone who is able to log into Facebook regularly.
How to set up Trusted Contacts
You can set up Trusted Contacts by:
- Logging into your Facebook profile and clicking on the cog at the top right-hand side of the window.
- Selecting Account Settings followed by Security in the window that opens.
- Clicking on Edit beside the Trusted Contacts field followed by Choose Trusted Contacts.
- Typing the names of three to five reliable friends. You should see the name of each friend in a blue box below the search bar.
- Clicking Confirm.
Facebook will notify the contacts you've selected with more information about how the process works.
If you are having trouble accessing your Facebook account you can tell your trusted friends to visit facebook.com/recover to get the code and then pass it to you. Once you have entered three codes, provided by your friends, you should be able to get into your profile.
Trusted Contacts could be a useful tool, especially if you don't use or access your personal Facebook profile on a regular basis. It's important to stress that you pick someone you trust, and who is reliable.
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