How to enable Facebook Protect
Facebook Protect is a security feature for larger accounts.
Quick Answer: If you are eligible for the feature, Facebook Protect can be found under Settings & Privacy. We walk you through the process below.
Facebook Protect is a security feature that’s only available for certain accounts.
To access the tool, you need to be a notable figure and typically someone with a lot of reach. At this stage, regular folk simply aren’t allowed to have shiny new security settings.
However, Protect doesn’t appear to offer anything groundbreaking.
The feature focuses on standard security measures, such as two-factor authentication and hacking detection.
But perhaps there’s more to it than meets the eye.
If you’re eligible for Facebook Protect, you should receive an email notification and a pop-up on the website or the mobile app. Following the prompts is the quickest way to enable the feature.
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If, however, you’ve ignored Facebook’s prompting, you can manually locate the setting and switch it on.
Let’s discuss how to enable Facebook Protect on eligible accounts.
How to turn on Facebook Protect on desktop
If you prefer the desktop version of Facebook, here’s how to enable Facebook Protect from there:
Go to Facebook and click the Arrow button in the top right corner
Go to Settings & privacy > Settings
Select Security and Login
If eligible, you’ll see Get Started under Facebook Protect – follow the prompts
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Remember, this option will only show if you are eligible for the feature. Keep reading below for other security measures you can take.
Enable Facebook Protect on mobile
Here’s how to enable Facebook Protect on the mobile app:
- Open the Facebook app and tap the Menu (hamburger) button
- Tap the Settings (gear) icon
- Select Password and security
- If eligible, you’ll be able to tap the Arrow under Facebook Protect and follow the prompts
And that’s how it is done on mobile.
Remember, if you aren’t eligible, that menu option will not be available. But you still have other options for protecting your account.
Facebook Protect alternatives
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If Facebook hasn’t deemed you worthy of extra protection, you can still use the standard security checkup tool to secure your account.
How to use Facebook’s security checkup tool
On the desktop site, you’ll find a feature labeled Check Your Important Security Settings in Security and Login.
However, you’ll find the same option in the mobile app in Password and Security.
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Facebook’s security checkup offers password tips, recommends two-factor authentication, and prompts you to alter alert settings related to unauthorized logins.
When you want to secure your account, actioning each recommendation is worth the effort.
How to get Facebook Protect if you’re not eligible
Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t offer enrollment for its new security feature; only those with perceived clout will gain access.
Most regular folk will have to settle for the standard security tools.
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But if you still want access to Facebook Protect and lack the notoriety needed for eligibility, you should try running for office. Pretty much anyone’s allowed to do that.
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