Two-factor authentication (2FA) means two steps you must take to login into your Facebook account after you enter your user name. The first step is entering your password. The second can be any number of things, including providing a unique code, plugging in a specific physical device, or responding to a prompt. Each online account uses its own method for the Two-factor authentication setup.
Facebook’s 2FA is called 2-Step Verification. The primary method used for 2-Step Verification is a Prompt. That is, when you go to login into Facebook, you enter your user name and password. Then you receive a prompt from the authenticator app to your mobile device. You must respond to the prompt before you’re allowed access to Facebook. You can choose a different method if you prefer. For example, you can opt to receive a text code that you enter before you’re allowed to access Facebook.
When you use 2-Step Verification in Facebook, you give yourself an additional layer of protection from hackers. This is true even if your password is strong and you have malware protection in place.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication for Your Facebook Account
To use 2-Step Verification in Facebook, you must first activate it. To do so, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Log in to your Facebook account and select Settings or icon.
Step 2: Select Account Security
Step 3: A new tab with your Facebook account information opens. In the left pane, select Security.
Step 4: Under Log in to Facebook, select 2-Step Verification.
Step 5: The next screen explains 2-Step Verification. Select Get Started.
Step 6: Enter your password and select Next.
Step 7: Enter your mobile device’s number, select Text, then select Next.
Step 8: Facebook will send you a confirmation code on your mobile device. Enter the code and select Next.
Step 9: Facebook will verify your mobile device. Select Turn On to turn on two-factor authentication. Now you’ll be prompted to use your second step each time you log on to Facebook.
Read Also: How to Enable 2FA on All Your Accounts
Disable 2-Step Verification in Facebook
Are you fed up with the 2-Step Verification? Here’s how to disable it.
Step 1: Follow steps 1-4 above. If prompted, enter your Facebook password and select Next.
Step 2: Respond to whichever method of 2-Step Verification you have activated.
Step3: At the top of the screen, select Turn Off.
step 4: Facebook shows a warning message asking you to confirm that you really want to disable 2-Step Verification. If you’re sure, select Turn Off.
Facebook takes a moment to process the change and restore your security settings. Afterward, your settings return to the way they were before you enabled 2-Step Verification.