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Facebook Protect

Date: 04 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Facebook Protect programme is now being rolled out in India and other countries to protect accounts of users at high-risk of being targeted by cybercriminals.

 

Details

  • The feature will protect account of users who are at risk of cyberattacks and perhaps even state-sponsored attacks. 

  • These sections include activists, human rights defenders, journalists and also government officials.

  • The feature will offer them additional protection for their accounts including a two-factor authentication (2FA).

  • The feature was first tested in 2018 and widely implemented during 2020 US elections. About 50 countries will see this feature being rolled out by end of this year.

 

Functions of Facebook Protect

The individuals who qualify under this programme will receive a notification to turn this feature on. It will protect from cyberattacks by additional monitoring.

 

Significance

  • When an individual receives a prompt from the company to enable this feature, they will have to turn 2FA for Facebook account if not done so already.

  • There is a deadline for user to enable this feature else they will be locked out of their accounts. During this period, no data will be lost but access will be prevented.

 

Importance of 2FA

  • Only about 4% of all users have enabled two factor authentications. Users logging in from another device will have to do so using login code either via SMS or from a third-party authenticator app.

  • Hackers cannot gain access to user account until and unless they have this code. This will provide safety to accounts.

 

Eligibility

  • At present, Facebook has flagged only three categories of at-risk users. Others will have to wait until Facebook revises their list to include other categories.

  • At present, focus in given on countries where elections are due such as Philippines and Turkey, where there are chances of voices being suppressed.