Facebook now recovers lost passwords for other sites

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Having trouble keeping track of all your online passwords?

Well, it's your lucky day, as Facebook will now help you recover lost passwords for other sites.

During this year's F8 Facebook Development Conference in San Jose, the social media site announced it has developed a way to recover access to many of your online accounts through Facebook.

Using Facebook's brand-spanking-new 'Delegated Account Recovery' software, users are able to recover access to any service with online accounts, as long as the website in question is part of Facebook's beta program for account recovery, and we for one are glad.

Less hoops = more time browsing.

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The tool will work by allowing users to clink a "forgot my password" link which will take you to Facebook.

Once there, you'll be asked to answer a series of prompts to check your identity based on information gathered from your Facebook account.

Plus: Facebook security engineer Brad Hill claims it's safer than using your email account.

Email was "not originally designed to be a secure system, and despite countless updates over the years, major challenges remain", he said in a blog post.

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Once the information is verified as correct, Facebook will send the website in question a digital token confirming you are who you say you are.

From there, you can reset your password and be on your way.

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