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To minimise data breach, Facebook has added a new login option with ‘security keys’ that requires a user to enter a special security code from their phone in addition to the password when they login from a new browser.

According to a Facebook blog post, though most people get security code for login approvals from a text message (SMS) or by Facebook app to generate the code directly on their phones, SMS is not always reliable and having a phone back-up may not work well for them.

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“You can register a physical security key to your account so that the next time you log in after enabling login approvals, you will simply tap a small hardware device that goes in the USB drive of your computer,” said Brad Hill, security engineer at Facebook.

Security keys can be purchased through companies like Yubico, a key manufacturing firm, and the keys support the open Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) — an authentication technology initially developed by Google — standard hosted by the ‘Fast IDentity Online’ (FIDO) Alliance.

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FIDO Alliance is a group of big corporations that collaborate on ways to make sign-ins safer and easier online.

According to a report in Fortune, “a security key ensures that only the person in possession of it (and password) can access accounts so protected,” the report noted.

Users can set up a security key to protect their account by buying one online at an e-commerce shop and then go to the Facebook ‘settings’.

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Click on ‘security’, where they can see an option for ‘security keys’.

Simply select ‘add key’ and the account is secured. To add a security key from computer, users need to use the latest versions of Chrome or Opera browser.

However, security keys have their own limitations currently.

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It requires users to plug the device into a laptop or desktop through a USB port and sign on from a Chrome or Opera web browser.

Mobile users need buy a key that supports near-field communication, a wireless tech that involves radio waves.