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Facebook wants its users to turn on "Facebook Protect" to stay more protected

A lot of people are getting emails and notifications that appear to be from Facebook, requesting them to turn on Facebook’s protection associated with a link or be at risk of being locked out. The email arched the eyebrows of many people who are aware of the phishing attacks or have been a victim of such attacks in the past. However, Facebook has confirmed that the email is actually from them and is completely authentic. These emails have made their way into the inboxes of many popular personalities, particularly journalists who are more likely to be targeted for attacks.


The new Facebook protect adds another layer of security protection that can be enabled by accounts that are prone to attacks, urging the account users to use features like 2FA or other options that can decrease the chances of an account breach, making the account more secure. According to the social networking giant, the reason behind reaching out to high-profile personalities is that the attacks are targeting journalists and the other personalities that Facebook reached out to more often.

Facebook's users used Twitter to spread out the information about the new emails they were receiving from Facebook.

At the start, people thought that the email was a part of another phishing attack, in which hackers identify themselves as brands such as Instagram, Facebook, or Google itself and lure people into clicking and logging into bogus login screen using a fake link.

Meta’s security head Nathaniel Gleicher later confirmed the authenticity of the emails, which helped people calm down as emails associated with an ill-defined warning about disabling your Facebook if not complied seemed suspicious.

The current situation in Ukraine and the clampdown of Facebook on accounts related to journalists, the actions are justified. However, some users received emails back. Beware, that a manual account checkup does not send back any notification for anything related to accounts.

This huge deployment of emails requesting users to enable Facebook to protect might be authentic, however, Facebook’s plan to demand this was not planned properly. Especially, considering that organizations are conducting training & seminars to tackle phishing attacks, and how identical does this approach look like the heinous act.

Now if you’re one of the individuals that have received such an email, then we can tell you for sure that it’s real. But if you’re still confused, you can even turn the feature on manually from the website. This would help you avoid the trouble of getting your account blocked by Facebook.

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