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Facebook won’t request for Phone Number for two-factor Authentication Anymore.

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Facebook users who want extra account security but don’t want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts with alternative two-factor authentication methods like code-generating apps, Facebook announced today.

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Two-factor authentication helps protect users’ accounts from unauthorized access by requiring a code in addition to a password in order to log in. This helps a user prove their identity, even in circumstances where their password may be stolen by a hacker.
Facebook—and many other platforms—have traditionally relied on text messaging to send authentication codes to their users. But these codes can be intercepted if an attacker manages to take control of the user’s SIM and transfer it to a new phone. More secure two-factor authentication methods, like code-generator apps and hardware tokens, have become popular ways to address this problem.
In February, Facebook faced backlash from users who discovered that the phone number they’d provided for two-factor authentication was being used to spam them with texted notifications about their friends’ activity on Facebook.
Facebook said the text notifications were caused by an unintentional bug. “The last thing we want is for people to avoid helpful security features because they fear they will receive unrelated notifications,” Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, wrote in a blog post.
Users resented having a security tool turned into an annoying engagement feature, but at the time, Facebook required users who didn’t want to provide a number for two-factor authentication to use both a code-generator app and a hardware token.
Now, that’s changing, Facebook says. The company will no longer require a phone number for two-factor authentication, and users can choose either an app or a hardware token for their second factor, rather than both.
“If we detect a suspicious login—for example, from a device you’ve never used before—we’ll always prompt you for the second factor. This code can be sent to your phone via SMS, or, if you choose to not provide a phone number, a third-party authentication app,” Facebook said in a blog post.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Spotify for iOS finally gets the desired functionality!

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It has become a habit of applications to receive functionality in a non-uniform manner, especially with regard to different versions for Android and iOS. Not being the exception to the rule, Spotify also receives functionality at different times in its various versions.

After being released for the Android version last May, Spotify for iOS received finally the popular “Sleep Timer” feature. That is, iPhone users can also fall asleep listening to their favorite music / podcast without any problem.

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How to use the new Spotify feature for iOS

To use the “Sleep Timer” feature is very simple. After selecting the desired song, you will need to click on the “three dots” icon in the upper right corner and select the “Sleep Timer” option.

Then you will only need to choose the timeout where Spotify will be playing the song. You will be able to choose times between 5 and 60 minutes.

Also, for whom doesn’t have a dedicated playlist for when you are getting ready for sleep, the app has also released a new section called “Sleep Hub”. Here you will find a wide list of perfect song suggestions to accompany you in a true “beauty sleep.”

If you still can’t see the functionality on your iPhone, don’t worry. It has been officially confirmed that the feature is being released starting today. However, as usual, it will reach users in a phased manner.

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Google Photos: New tool will help you keep albums organized!

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Google Photos New tool will help you keep albums organized

Google Photos remains one of my favorite apps, presenting itself as the perfect way to keep all your photos and videos organized in one place. In addition, they are accessible virtually anywhere and on any device.

As one of the most popular Google Apps, they continue to invest a lot of resources in developing and implementing new features. The latest addition will help you keep albums organized by making it easy to find what you’re really looking for.

A small detail that can save you a lot of time.

The new implementation may go unnoticed for many users, but it is no less important. In the albums tab, Google Photos will start displaying a new option, which allows you to organize your albums according to different conditions.

For now, at this early stage, you will be able to keep albums organized by what has the most recent photo, which you modified less recently or simply in alphabetical order. Most likely, Google will continue to develop this new implementation to make it even easier to find the album you want.

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This new implementation is coming first hand to Android smartphone users and is not yet available for iOS or the web version. However, it is important to note that it is being launched through Google’s servers. That is, it will not reach all users at the same time.

In order to receive the new implementation, you need to have the latest version of the App, so make sure you don’t have any updates available.

Although it has not been officially confirmed, it is believed that once reaching all Android users, the new feature will eventually also be available for iOS and the web version of Google Photos.

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