Facebook being the big platform it is, with its mammoth number of users has a lot of security to take care of. There are a lot of bad elements in the society which cause problems to its proper functioning. They need to maintain the security of their users, so they implement a lot of measures to do that.
What is a Facebook confirmation code used for?
Confirmation codes from Facebook are usually sent to the mobile number which is registered to the account you are trying to access. In case there is no mobile number added to that account, then code will be sent to the registered email id, as either an email id or a phone number is necessary to open a Facebook account. There are certain times Facebook might require you submit a confirmation code or an OTP(One time password), to perform actions like :
- While resetting your password. If you forgot your password and want to reset it, then you will get a confirmation code from Facebook to change it. They need to confirm that it is you the owner of the account who is trying to change the password.
- When you log in from an unknown location or unrecognised device, Facebook shall ask you to confirm that it is you who is trying to log in to the account by sending you a code to your registered mobile number.
- If you have two-factor authentication mode turned on, if not you should, then you will receive a code when you try to log in into your account.
Now if you are constantly getting codes(confirmation code spam) or text from 32665 or even if you got any code as an SMS or email from Facebook but never tried any of the things above, then there is a good chance that someone is trying to reset your password and gain access to your account. You should not worry about it as without the confirmation code from your phone or email, they cannot do any harm to your account. But it would be a good practise to turn on two-factor authentication for your account. It is a great security method to keep on, as whenever you will try to log in, Facebook will do an additional verification by requesting a code from your authenticator app or by sending you a verification code, whichever you have selected while turning the two-factor authentication on.
Here is how you can turn on two-factor authentication on Facebook –
- First, open your Facebook account settings and then click on the option of ‘Security and Login’ and edit the ‘Use two-factor authentication‘ option.
- After clicking on edit, you will be presented with a page with information on two-factor authentication, click on ‘Get Started‘ and then choose a security method of your choice. You can select to use any authenticator app but again if you lose your phone then there is no way to regain access to that authenticator but you can always get back that number. So you should chose text message as your security option, then add your number in the next screen and then verify and the number will be added and two-factor authentication is turned on for your account.
This was the method to turn on two-factor authentication via the desktop website, now let us show you how to turn on two-factor authentication with the mobile app –
- Open the Settings option inside your Facebook app and then scroll down to Security and Login and then open ‘Use two-factor authentication’ and then Get Started.
- Enter and then verify your number by entering the confirmation OTP and the number is successfully added to your account and two-factor authentication is turned on. Now even if someone was able to break into your account by guessing your password but they won’t go through without entering the confirmation code, which only you can access.