App/system: Facebook account
Learn: How to set up multi-factor authentication
Skill level: Beginner
Read time: 3 minutes
Do you or your employees use Facebook for business activities? If yes, have you considered the security vulnerabilities this opens up for your business?
Cyber attacks are estimated to cost an average of £4200 per business. From July 2021 to July 2022, 39% of UK businesses identified a cyber attack against them. By far the most common (83%) was phishing attempts, where hackers try to access employee passwords or other log-in information.
Information above is taken from the UK Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2022.
Why is multi-factor authentication important?
Many of us still use only a basic, password based authentication to access email, Google, Microsoft and social media accounts, despite plenty of evidence that passwords are easily and regularly hacked. Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) takes moments to set up and makes it much harder for hackers to gain access.
Think of your password as the first ‘layer’ of your security. If you add a second ’layer’ this increases the work required to ‘break-in’ and hack the account. Further, this second layer may involve a fingerprint scan, another device or generating a limited-time code and is therefore much harder to steal or falsify than a password. MFA improves account security and better protects you and your organisation from anyone trying to access information they shouldn’t.
Read on for our guide to walk you through setting up MFA for your Facebook account.
Step by Step: Set up MFA for your Facebook Account
You can set up MFA for Facebook on either your mobile or computer but the process for setting it up differs slightly from one to the other.
Even if you have set up MFA on your computer, you may still need to set it up on your mobile device. You will have the same options (SMS or authenticator app) whether you set up on your computer or mobile device.
Facebook will only ask you to complete an MFA login if you are logging in from an unknown device.
Setting up MFA on your computer
To set up MFA on your computer you first need to open your browser, go to Facebook and login to your account and follow these steps:
- Click the arrow in the top right corner of the screen and select Settings
- From the menu on the left side select Security and Login
- Scroll down and find the Two-factor authentication section
- Click Edit next to Use two-factor authentication
- Select the authentication method you wish to set up and follow the on-screen instructions
- Click Finish when the authentication methods have been set up
Setting up MFA on your mobile device
To set up MFA on your mobile device you first need to go to your Facebook App, or the Facebook website via your browser, login to your account and follow these steps:
- In the bottom left of the screen select the button that looks like three lines
- In the menu that opens scroll down and select Settings & Privacy
- Under Settings & Privacy select Settings
- Find the option Security and Login and tap it
- Scroll down and tap Two-factor authentication
- Select the Get Started button and follow the on-screen instructions
Continue your cyber security journey
MFA is a critical part of securing your personal and business data, but it’s by no means the only step you need to take.