Facebook has announced that it is extending FIDO support to mobile device to help users secure their account on the social network.
Since 2017, Facebook has allowed users to secure their accounts on desktop using security keys to protect sensitive information from hackers. Thanks to the added support for mobile devices, Facebook users can now setup two-factor authentication and log into iOS or Android apps using a security key.
This latest announcement comes shortly after a new research from FIDO Alliance revealed that 49 percent of users in the UK have had one of their social media accounts hacked, accessed without their permission or know someone who has. As a result, Facebook extended the security feature for smartphone users and recommends that politicians, public figures, journalists, human rights defenders and others at high risk of being targeted by malicious hackers consider using the new feature to secure their accounts.
Executive director of the FIDO Alliance, Andrew Shikiar said, “Social media accounts are increasingly common targets for fraudsters, and we know the major platforms take it very seriously. As more organizations adopt FIDO Authentication, we will see incidents of hacks decrease significantly, as it makes organizations and individuals all-but-immune from some of the most successful forms of attacks. Recently we’ve seen a spate of high-profile individuals’ accounts become compromised but as our research shows, anyone who values their private information should consider a FIDO security key.”