Technology Facebook Turned Its Two-Factor Security 'Feature' Into the Worst Kind of Spam

02:15  15 february  2018
02:15  15 february  2018 Source:   gizmodo.com

WhatsApp’s long-awaited digital payments service goes live in India

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What’s most frustrating is that Facebook has taken a security feature like two - factor authentication—which gives users valuable protection from phishing and account takeovers—and perverted it into a tool for spam .

Facebook Turned Its Two - Factor Security ' Feature ' Into The Worst Kind Of Spam . 0 diggs Gizmodo Technology. At first, I only got one or two texts from Facebook per month. But as my profile stagnated, I got more and more messages.

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Facebook is bleeding users, with external researchers estimating that the social network lost 2.8 million US users under 25 last year. Those losses have prompted Facebook to get more aggressive in its efforts to win users back—and the company has started using security prompts to encourage users to log into their accounts.

Sometimes, Facebook will send emails to users warning them that they’re having problems logging into their accounts, Bloomberg reported last month. “Just click the button below and we’ll log you in. If you weren’t trying to log in, let us know,” the emails reportedly read. Other times, Facebook will ask for a user’s phone number to set up two-factor authentication—then spam the number with notification texts.

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Facebook Turned Its Two - Factor Security ' Feature ' Into The Worst Kind Of Spam . 0 diggs Gizmodo Technology. Nazis, Soviets and the US all thought an orbiting killer satellite might not be such a bad idea.

Facebook Turned Its Two - Factor Security ' Feature ' Into The Worst Kind Of Spam . 0 diggs Gizmodo Technology. Nazis, Soviets and the US all thought an orbiting killer satellite might not be such a bad idea.

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