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Facebook enables USB and NFC key account logins as it buffers up security

Facebook's security key

Near field comms (NFC) tech is powering our contactless purchases and more in the world of marketing but social network Facebook has rolled out support for physical keys as it buffs up its two-factor authentication.

Instead of send security codes over SMS to the user’s smartphone, Facebook is enabling those conscious of potential vulnerabilities and annoyances in the method to verify their access using a physical USB key.

Facebook announced: ”Starting today, you can register a physical security key to your account so that the next time you log in after enabling login approvals, you'll simply tap a small hardware device that goes in the USB drive of your computer.

“Security keys can be purchased through companies like Yubico, and the keys support the open Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) standard hosted by the FIDO Alliance.”

Adopters of the devices, for access the network on desktop will be safe from password phishing scams – and also do not have to footer about with secure sign in codes.

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