Unfortunately, as technology continues to evolve, the need for better security increases. Two-factor authentication (2FA) has become essential to the majority of websites. The feature was designed to protect online accounts.
Facebook however, has found alternative uses for the system on their platform. The 2FA at Facebook has a lot going on beneath the surface.
Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia tweeted out last week that phone numbers shared with Facebook’s platform are not safe
For years Facebook claimed the adding a phone number for 2FA was only for security. Now it can be searched and there's no way to disable that. pic.twitter.com/zpYhuwADMS
— Jeremy Burge 🐥🧿 (@jeremyburge) March 1, 2019
According to Burge, users who share their number with Facebook, basically give that number out to the world.
If the number has been shared, other users can use little time and effort to find the users’ profiles. The more alarming part however, is that Facebook does not provide an option to evade this. People have the right to be outraged. The problem however, is that they are not. Facebook knows this, but they don’t seem to care.
A huge majority of the population is so dependent on social media that they are willing to let go of any privacy just in order to get their daily dose of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. These corporations are exploiting this addiction and seem to not give a damn about any repercussions.
The 2FA is of course used by a lot of people in order to prevent an attack on their accounts. If another device accesses your account, you are notified immediately so you can react. It’s not such a bad system on paper. That is of until, people realize they have been duped and their phone numbers have been sold to every advertiser or company willing to buy.
The 2FA leaks don’t seam to bother the majority of Facebook users
Facebook of course allows many different features when it comes to phone numbers. Users can hide the numbers they include. They can also set the parameters of who can see the number they posted, friends, friends of friends or everyone. Not a lot of people use the “everyone” option because that basically means even unregistered users can look them up by phone.
It’s been known for quite some time that Facebook and like-minded companies are willing to do everything for profit. Seeing as they are always above the law, why shouldn’t they? Back in September 2018, an article came out to report Facebook’s 2FA process. Needless to say, the findings were terrifying.
Facebook however, didn’t seem all that phased about the findings. When discussing the 2FA settings, the company stated:
“This is not new and specific to 2FA. Back in April 2018, we removed the ability to search a person’s phone number or e-mail through the Facebook search bar.”
Although this turned out to be true and Facebook did indeed remove that feature. Users can still look up a phone number via mobile uploads. And Facebook doesn’t seem in a huge rush to do anything about these issues.
Why should they? They have more than 2 billion subscribers. Even though there are obvious flaws with the security, most people just don’t seem to care. A growing part of people make their Facebook profile their entire life, from their food to their relationship and political opinions.
Everyone knows people who cannot live 30 minutes without checking their accounts. Unfortunately, this seems to be an addiction affecting a growing number of the population. The cure is unfortunately, nowhere to be seen.
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