Did you also receive an email from Facebook telling you to turn on Facebook Protect? And before a certain date, because otherwise you will no longer have access to your account? It’s a question I don’t just ask you, but we also asked each other here at the Frankwatching editorial. Because we are always extra careful with such intrusive e-mails. What exactly is Facebook Protect and why do you need to enable it?
Wat is Facebook Protect?
A quick search and analysis tells me that this email is not a scam at all. The mail comes from the official domain of Facebook ([email protected]) and contains no links (although there are older variants with a blue button), only instructions. I can also find the e-mail under ‘Recent e-mails from Facebook’. You can find it under ‘Advanced’ in the ‘Security & Login’ menu in your Facebook settings.
I am also not the first to receive this email. Facebook Protect is, according to the email, “a security program that uses advanced security measures to protect your account from potential risks.” The main goal is to encourage the use of two-step verification.
Facebook Protect has been around for a while. It was introduced in 2019 around the US presidential election. Intended to better protect the accounts of, for example, candidates, elected officials and their employees, because they can be targets of malicious parties during the election period. Think of security measures such as two-step verification and monitoring of potential hacker attacks.
At the time, the program was voluntary, but Facebook Protect is now being rolled out worldwide and obligated for users who are at increased risk. More on that in a moment.
How do you enable Facebook Protect?
So if you get an email or notification from Facebook that you need to turn on Facebook Protect, you have no choice but to comply. Even though you may feel some resistance to something ‘must’, it’s called reverse psychology. If you do not do it before the date stated, then according to the warning you will not be able to access your account until you have done so.
Fortunately, it’s easy, Facebook will take care of that. It goes like this:
- After you have logged in to Facebook, go to Settings and privacy via the arrow at the top right and then to Settings
- In the left menu, click Security & Login
- At the top you will find Facebook Protect. Click the ‘Get Started’ button and go through the steps
It’s dead simple. You can still click through the steps for more information. For example, during the process, I was told that my account has the ability to reach far more people than the average Facebook user.
Flattering, but I’m not that important, I thought. But during my online search for more information, I discovered that you have that potential if you:
- have a lot of followers
- manages an important/large Facebook page
- have an important role for the community or are a public figure
Since I run Frankwatching’s Facebook page, that probably explains my potential. After a few clicks, I got the message that ‘no account vulnerabilities were found’.
Fortunately, I already had a strong password and two-step verification for a long time, but it’s nice that Facebook confirms that I’m doing well. 😉 If you are not yet able to check off those two parts, you can immediately change this via the ‘Solve now’ button.
Better secure your Facebook account
Incidentally, Facebook Protect is not (yet) available to everyone, but setting a strong password and two-step verification for your Facebook account can of course never hurt.
In addition to these steps, as a Page admin, if you haven’t already done so, you may need to: Page Publishing Authorization-proces must go through. You will receive a notification on the page for this. In addition to two-step verification, you also need to confirm your primary country location(s).
For me, not that much changes. When I go back to my settings I see that Facebook Protect is turned on and always active to protect my account. Plus, I get the promise of “regular security updates and proactive prompts” when something new is launched.
I’m curious what updates will follow. And especially if I will notice anything from the monitoring of potential attacks by hackers, although I hope they do not find my account interesting.
Source: Frankwatching by www.frankwatching.com.
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