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Facebook Isn’t keeping Your Two-Factor Phone Number Private

SUN VALLEY, ID – JULY 13: Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, checks his phone during the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 13, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world’s most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

You’d better know that Facebook won’t keep your two factor phone number really private as they say, so if you’re worried about it, use a two factor app instead of a phone number to avoid the drama.

Facebook is at it again receiving bad press release for being a ”rapacious consumer” of personal information. Facebook is currently under heat for refusing users to opt out of being found by their phone number when the numbers were only giving for purpose of two-factor authentication. TechCrunch is pointing to the annoyance, saying that some people are now learning about it.

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Twitter user, Jeremy Burge said in a thread, ”phone numbers could be searched, with no way to disable the feature.”  ”perhaps unsurprisingly, this data is also shared with WhatsApp and Instagram, which means your phone number becomes a unique ID for you. And it’s impossible to disable the feature if you added your number, only limit it to your immediate friend circle.” He added.

The social media giant, Facebook had told TechCrunch earlier that the system is not a new feature, and it’s true. It’s also a well known fact that the Facebook uses phone numbers for ad tracking. The company will now use that unique ID, since it’s tied to you, and can use it to sell ads. Just as it does with everything other information it has collected from you.

Now we’re saying this very one to Facebook,  you don’t need to offer up a phone number to engage two-factor authentication. Third-party systems, like Google Authenticator and Duo Security can also be used to add an additional layer of protection onto your account. That will be small comfort to those who engaged the security before the rules were changed, however.”

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Facebook accounts being searchable with phone numbers takes the mind to some privacy and security concerns. It’s possible to limit this to just your circle of friends, but it’s set to everyone by default.

Source: Engadget


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