TechCrunch reports that soon the social media giant’s desktop users will be required to confirm their accounts with a mobile phone number. In case of a hack attempt, a new password will be generated and sent to users via SMS. That way, Facebook avoids the usual email vulnerabilities.
This measure it’s understandable. For Facebook, it’s been hard to handle spam and other bad things when they have to manage a database of 900 million users. The company doesn’t want to get caught with its pants down, like Twitter and LinkedIn did earlier this month.
Some say that this is just a strategy made up by Facebook to help it collect millions of phone numbers for the usual marketing and advertising purposes. Personally I don’t think a company like Facebook would do this, though nothing surprises me anymore.