Another security feature introduced by Facebook recently is the Social Authentication tool. Social authentication has been introduced to ensure that a user can monitor his/her log in/log out sessions. Thus, if a user is observed to log in Lagos in the morning and Edmonton a few hours later, they may be asked to verify their identity so as to confirm that the account has not been compromised. While many sites use a challenge-response test called CAPTCHA in their registration/purchasing flows to verify that a human being and not a code is trying to access their system, Facebook may use the social authentication tool.
The social authentication tool, will show a few pictures of your friends and ask you to name the person that appears in those photos.This means that the system would not allow you to log in if you are unable to identify your friends in the photos. This tool is however, being tested at the moment and changes will be made depending on user-feedback.
What do you think of the social authentication tool? Can you identify all of your friends on Facebook?
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January 29, 2011 at 10:56 am
As the user of face book is increases the face book is also changes their security concern.Social authentication is one thing but face book even restrict to choose a profile name which is related to your business name.
January 30, 2011 at 2:33 am
It’s great. The problem is that some people, like me don’t even know the names of half my friends 🙂
February 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm
Lol. Not quite the same for me but I do understand 🙂
January 30, 2011 at 5:50 am
That will be cause for some of us to use the Social Authentication, because I may not remember all the names of some my friends off-head because we have been apart for a long time and we just meet on Facebook again.
January 30, 2011 at 8:15 am
Great creative way to prevent spam. Personally i hate captha’s and other wierd types of spam prevention, so this is awesome.
It could be a problem for the dyslexic.
January 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm
It is advance feature to check the attacks of the spammers on facebook.
February 1, 2011 at 10:39 am
Facebook is enough brave to do new experiments I like this new security strategy but the point is our close one knows almost every friend of us so its even not a big deal for my friend to recognize the face in the picture. As you said they still working on and making changes so may be they will make it more specific.
March 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm
Tell me about it. Not many online services make as many changes to their design and functionality as Facebook.
February 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm
I think the social authentication tool is a huge step Facebook has made when it comes to security. Showing you a some pictures of your friends or loved ones and then asking you to name the person that appears in those photos is a great idea.
However, I expect there is going to be some changes to this tool because I know there are going to be some things that don’t work as effectively as Facebook would have hoped. I still think it’s a great tool that should at least help to reduce the amount of security issues that is happening. Thanks for sharing.
February 25, 2011 at 12:00 am
It’s a step in the right direction but I find it very inconvenient. I disabled my old Facebook account and went to recover it and it showed pictures of calendars and other photoshop created images and I was suppose to figure out who it was. Very difficult in my opinion.
October 11, 2011 at 8:40 am
WOW! I haven’t heard about it before, but I do like it greatly! It is something new) Sometimes I have problems with CAPTCHA, because numbers or letters are completely illegible and it’s difficult to find out what is it. But I won’t have any problems with my friends’ photos, because I know their names and surnames for sure)) an excellent idea)