Facebook is retiring its Code Generator authentication feature and replacing it with other two-factor authentication options, the social media giant has announced.
The Code Generator is a popular two-factor authentication method that generates a unique code within the Facebook mobile app that users can then use to log in to their accounts on other devices. However, Facebook has acknowledged that the feature has become less effective in providing an additional layer of security for users.
In a statement, Facebook said that it is retiring Code Generator as an authentication method because it is “no longer the best solution” for its users. The company has recommended other authentication methods, including using a physical security key, such as YubiKey, or receiving login alerts via email or text message.
According to Facebook, these alternative methods offer better security and convenience for its users. The company noted that physical security keys are harder to hack than software-based authentication methods like Code Generator.
“Security keys offer our highest level of protection against phishing and account takeover attacks,” Facebook said in the statement. “We encourage people to use this additional layer of security and will continue to invest in new and improved ways to keep people’s accounts safe.”
Facebook also said that it is working on additional security features to provide more protection to its users, including a feature that will allow users to see a list of devices that have logged into their accounts and revoke access to those devices.
The announcement comes as Facebook faces increased scrutiny over its security and data practices, with many users expressing concerns about the safety of their personal information on the platform. The retirement of Code Generator is part of Facebook's ongoing efforts to improve its security and privacy measures.
Users who currently use Code Generator as their primary authentication method will receive an in-app notification directing them to switch to one of the recommended methods. The retirement of Code Generator will be rolled out gradually over the next few weeks, and the company said that it will work with users to ensure a smooth transition.