Facebook may roll out facial recognition account recovery options

  1. If you have ever been locked out of your own facebook account you know the feeling. Whether a hacker did his magic or you forgot your password or the account got locked due to some weird thing. A lot of companies like facebook work on two-factor authentication. But due to weak cell networks, and dodgy cellular companies these may also fail. Some, like Google, offer app-based options like Google Authenticator that bypass the vulnerable cell networks.

Facebook in the past has used features like photos of friends and your comments to identify people. Now they are trying to work on facial recognition for a new method for identifying the owner of the account. The details are not yet complete but The Next Web‘s Matt Navarra reported this on his twitter. Tech Crunch asked for details from Facebook and this was what they reported.

We are testing a new feature for people who want to quickly and easily verify account ownership during the account recovery process. This optional feature is available only on devices you’ve already used to log in. It is another step, alongside two-factor authentication via SMS, that were taking to make sure account owners can confirm their identity.


Whenever the biometric security comes in and facial recognition is talked about, people get too protective with their details staying on a server somewhere. If the details ever get a leak or handed over to authorities great mishap. The major concern for the company is to convince the users to adopt the technology. Two-factor authentication can be hacked as we have seen in the past. It will be interesting to see how biometric verification is more secure than two-factor authentication.

Are you ready to provide information like this to Facebook? Let us know in the comments down below!

Lalit Wadhwa

Tech Geek, BlackBerry Lover and a Engineer

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