Posted by Matthew Loop | 14 Comments
A few months ago Facebook instituted a new photo verification procedure as a way to further protect the privacy of its users. Unfortunately, this didn’t really turn to be as seamless as what may have been planned.
In fact, it’s become a royal pain especially if you travel frequently, try and access Facebook from a different IP or public computer, and have more than a few hundred friends. Here’s a short video I put together that explains a bit more.
This is typically the notice you get when you’re about to go through the Facebook photo verification process:
Your account was recently accessed from a location we’re not familiar with. For your protection, please review your recent activity to make sure no one is using your Facebook account without permission.
Reviewing your activity takes just a few moments. We’ll start by asking you a couple of questions to confirm that this is your account. (If we recognize your computer, you’ll be able to skip this step.)
Afterward, you’ll go through a security check, be asked a few questions, then onto photo verification to try and gain access to your account. Distant location access within short periods of time is supposedly the main trigger, according to Facebook.
As someone that travels quite a bit, this is very annoying. I have several thousand friends on Facebook and if I enter the wrong name for one of the images that they pull, they lock the account! Heck, I have friends that are having problems and they have less than 100 friends.
Facebook is a networking platform where one of the things you do is meet new people and be SOCIAL. I would imagine it’s fairly common to meet someone online and not remember their name the next day. With that in mind, it would be a better idea to (like some bloggers have suggested) have photo recognition software combined with only asking you to identify people that you’ve been TAGGED in photos with.
What do you think? Have you ever had problems with Facebooks new photo verification process?
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