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Phone a Friend to Save Your Facebook Life
By: Aprel Phelps Downey
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You pour a cup of coffee and log into Facebook. Instead of seeing your morning News Feed you remain on the log-in screen. It appears your password has been entered incorrectly. You try again two more times with the same end result. At this point it just became Facebook serious. The coffee is brushed aside. The TV is muted and little beads of sweat begin to form on your forehead. You take a deep breath and slowly enter each keyboard character of your password as if your life depends on it. That’s when it happens. You see the dreaded ‘account locked’ message appear. You are now officially locked out of your Facebook account. What now?

Time to turn to your Facebook trusted contacts to save the day!

Trusted contacts is a soon to be unveiled security feature from Facebook. All that is required of this new feature is your hand-picked three to five people on your Facebook friends list. In other words, these are the individuals who have the power to remove your locked account off of life support. Once selected, those individuals become your trusted Facebook contacts. When you are locked out of your account, Facebook sends each of these individuals a different security code. You will need at least three of these security codes from your trusted inner circle to unlock your Facebook account. Facebook recommends contacting each individual by phone as opposed to text or email in the event someone is trying to hack your account.

This security measure is good in theory. Yet it doesn’t seem very practical. Think about your list of Facebook friends for a moment. It is most likely a mixture of high school friends, coworkers, family, and parents of your children’s friends.

Remember that relationships change for better or worse. Friends will come and go or become distant as time goes on. Your lab partner from tenth-grade biology class would not make a good Facebook trusted contact. Family members aren’t necessarily a great choice either. Your Uncle Jim adores you, yet is not speaking to your dad at the moment. Your attempts to contact him to receive that vital Facebook security code may be misinterpreted as you try to fix the family drama. A significant other that you swore would be around forever is now spending time with someone new and has no desire to help restore your Facebook life.

Facebook will allow you to manage your trusted contacts list so that changes can be made. You just need to remember that when the relationship status changes. The traditional security options will also remain in place.

Now you just need to ask yourself if there are three to five Facebook friends that instantly jump out to you as being the most trustworthy, dependable individuals that would be available to you no matter what.

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About the Author
Aprel Phelps Downey is a writing/marketing professional who holds more than seven years marketing experience, including all aspects of promotional and informational campaigns and website development.  To learn more about Aprel please visit her website at www.aprelphelpsdowney.com or follow her on twitter: @aphelpsdowney.
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