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Facebook Rolls Out Verified Phone Number Requests For Password Recovery

   
9:38 am on Jun 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Rolls Out Verified Phone Number Requests For Password Recovery
[techcrunch.com]
Every single Facebook user is or will soon be seeing a link at the top of their desktop news feed asking them to ”Stay in control of your account by following these simple security tips”. The link leads to the the Facebook Security page where users are taught how to spot a scam, pick a unique password, and most interestingly, confirm their mobile phone number for account recovery.

Facebook confirmed with me that the message will roll out to all desktop users over the next few days, and millions are seeing it right now.
2:22 pm on Jun 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Funny to think anyone would trust FB with a phone number... /tinfoil hat
4:35 pm on Jun 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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my friend from outa town was trying to login to his facebook on my guest machine... it said something we see you are using another computer... please complete the following

and the following was it was a picture of a bunch of people he knew and it wanted him to tag their faces to prove it was really him, i saw this and said waitttttttttttttttttt noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

we closed it and reopened it and FB let him log right in no problem.

nice trick guys... :-|
10:39 pm on Jun 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Giving up a measure of privacy for a measure of security is a bad idea in my opinion. Benjamin Franklin once said that those who do so deserve neither, I agree. I can't say that I appreciate the fear mongering either, no is a perfectly suitable answer when strangers want to know more about you!

What's Mark Zuckerbergs private number anyway? I'd like it so that I can feel more secure about his product, do you think he'll give it to me?
7:45 pm on Jun 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Makes sense.
9:50 pm on Jun 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Do they keep phone numbers after account deletion?
10:05 pm on Jun 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Do they keep phone numbers after account deletion?

IMHO ..bears,woods,popes,catholics ..based upon facebook's past behavior..
10:13 pm on Jun 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Their voice-based phone verification is known to be quite flaky, you can put in a number and a majority of the time you get "our system is overloaded". SMS verification seems to be OK though.

Hopefully they can accommodate the voice requests a little better.
7:44 am on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I gave them the phone # to my local police dept.
12:34 pm on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Obviously a simple way of getting the user to give them their phone number in the name of security.
4:40 pm on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Just like people use fake free email accounts, buy a burner phone for all your verified password recovery services
4:52 pm on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Many countries make it impossible to buy "burner phones"..photo ID and utility bills in the same name must be produced in order to buy the phone or the card or to have the line functional..it is illegal for the phone seller or operator to issue a phone , a card or a line, without this ID etc being presented.

France is one of these, as are, I believe most of the other EU countries..facebook and G know this..
5:42 pm on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Did I say buy a legal phone?

I'm sure the black or gray market can supply what you need.

In the U.S. you can grab a prepaid phone at the local convenience store, it's just like a prepaid VISA. You use it until you run out of prepaid minutes and either replenish it or toss it when you're done, no questions asked.

So just make sure your face isn't visible to the convenience store security cameras when you buy the phone and you're good.
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6:16 pm on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure the black or gray market can supply what you need.

In the U.S. you can grab a prepaid phone at the local convenience store, it's just like a prepaid VISA. You use it until you run out of prepaid minutes and either replenish it or toss it when you're done, no questions asked.

So just make sure your face isn't visible to the convenience store security cameras when you buy the phone and you're good.

Can't be done via "convenience stores" etc , in many countries Bill..they require photo ID etc too..the USA is very "relaxed" about phones compared to everywhere else..

Untraceable phones are near impossible ( without using the same suppliers as those who make fake passports, not the "toy" sort but the real "illegal versions" etc ) to get in many places nowadays..

Amongst my many mobiles I have two "candy bars" which are "unknown" ..but they are prepaid ( and I keep them "topped up" because "one never knows" ;-), and they predate the changes in the laws ( which happened here at least 5 years ago ) ..doesn't change that neither FB nor G etc need this info for our "security"..it is just data hoovering..because they can..