Change this setting now to secure your Facebook account

Your social media account contains a lot of personal information. Of course, you don’t want that data to fall into the wrong hands, so you need to take steps to lock it down. For Facebook, one of the methods is to regain access to your profile through Trusted Contacts.

After they’ve selected three to five people, they can help you recover your account if you’re ever locked out. They get a recovery code that you use to log back in. It’s a popular method for when things go wrong, but the social media giant is now removing the tool.

Read on for ways to secure your account and what to do after Trusted Contacts are gone.

Here’s the backstory

Thousands of Facebook users have started receiving notifications this week that the Trusted Contacts option is disappearing. Many are now wondering if a replacement is coming or what to do instead.

The company didn’t explain why the feature wouldn’t be an option, only stating on the Trusted Contacts Page that “your chosen friends will no longer be able to help you get back on Facebook if you lose access to your account.”

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So, what are your options? First, Facebook recommends that you make sure your email address and phone number are up-to-date in your profile. This is so that notifications and login alerts are sent to the correct user.

What can you do about it?

If you haven’t updated your data in a while, this is the perfect opportunity. To change Facebook information on your computer, do the following:

Log in to your Facebook profile and click the down arrow in the top right corner. Click Settings & Privacy and then Settings. Click on the option you want to update. For example, under General you will find the option to change your e-mail address and telephone number.

To enable alerts and approvals or change your password, you can do so under the Security and Login option on the Settings page. You must also set up two-factor authentication (2FA). Then, if you’re locked out of a browser, you can approve a new login session through Facebook’s built-in code generator.

But there is a caveat to that. You need to access your profile on a mobile device to authorize the login. If your phone number is updated, Facebook can send you the authorization code by SMS.

To enable 2FA, go to the Security and Login settings, select Use Two-Factor Authentication, and choose Edit.

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