Facebook Intros Mobile Security Enhancements

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Facebook yesterday announced three new security features for users who access the social network on mobile devices.

"Up first is Code Generator, which is part of a two-factor authentication system unveiled in May 2011 that requires users to enter a code sent via text message before logging in to their accounts," writes PCMag.com's Chloe Albanesius. "But the system did not work if you had issues receiving texts or were in an area with poor reception. With [the] update, users will be able to receive codes 'without waiting on an SMS, and it will work regardless of whether you have cellular or Internet access,' Facebook announced."

"So far, the functionality is only available to Android users, but it should be soon available to all the others," writes Help Net Security's Zeljka Zorz.

"Facebook has also added a feature to mobile that was previously only available on the desktop site," writes WebProNews' Josh Wolford. "Now, mobile users have the ability to hide stories and to report/mark them as spam. This is accesible by clicking on the icon in the top right-hand corner once you’ve opened up a post via the comment link."

"For accounts that have been compromised, now you can actually do something about it from your smartphone without having to wait for access to a desktop browser ... those tools have been extended to mobile devices, along with the social authentication tool, so you can clean up the mess in case someone tries to send unwanted friend requests from your account," writes ZDNet's Rachel King.

"Thursday’s mobile improvements won’t keep mobile Facebook users completely protected, but they certainly provide a remote social networker more of the same protections and conveniences she has when in front of her computer," writes VentureBeat's Jennifer Van Grove.