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Facebook's Trusted Contacts
By: Jessica Cherok
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Locked out of your Facebook account? No problem, phone a friend.

Last week, Facebook debuted a new security feature allowing users to contact one of their Facebook friends in order to regain access to their account. Facebook calls these people your “Trusted Contacts,” and you can select between 3 and 5 of your besties to help you get back into Facebook should you forget your password.

These trusted comrades each have a virtual key to your account. If you find yourself unable to access Facebook, you can call, text, or stalk one of these chosen pals for the key. Then enter the info into Facebook to regain access to your account.

It’s a new twist on availability without sacrificing account security. And, admittedly, not such a bad idea.

Personally, I don’t remember hardly any of my passwords. Worse, if I end up locked out of an account, I don’t always remember the answers to the laundry list of security questions. Suddenly you’re faced with the impossibly frustrating task of trying to prove you are you.

The “Trusted Contacts” idea may not be an authentication solution for sites other than Facebook, but it’s a great concept for them. That is, assuming, you know at least three of your Facebook friends in real life.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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