Facebook asking users for their phone numbers as a security measure

Jun 18, 2012 13:11:29Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Facebook asking users for their phone numbers as a security measure

The popular social media site Facebook has continually adapted and improved their privacy settings to keep their users protected, and now they are asking for one more thing. The site is now requesting that its users disclose their cellphone number to the site in an effort to boost security, according to TechCrunch.

Starting this week, Facebook users will see a new link on their homepage, which will notify the individuals of how to identify a scam and create a unique password. It will also ask them for their cellphone number. With this information, the website will be able to erase all of the passwords and send new ones via text message to each individual should the site be hacked, according to the news source. Users can rest assured, however, that their cellphone number will not appear on their profile.

The enhanced security comes at a time when many social media users are concerned about their password security. According to CNET, the popular professional social networking site LinkedIn confirmed the passwords of nearly 6.5 million users were compromised earlier this month. On the same day, the online dating site eHarmony also reported some of their users' passwords were hacked.

Some individuals may not feel comfortable with giving the site their cellphone number as they do not want their mobile privacy to be compromised. One way to avoid this is to set up an additional phone number. By using this method, a person can have one cellphone with two numbers - one given to family and friends and the other designated for those who are simply acquaintances.