Facebook soon to help manage where you're logged in

Facebook is about to unveil a feature that will help you protect your account and manage where you are logged in. The new service which is placed under the heading "Account Activity" in the "Account Security" section of the account settings page will allow you to view all of the active sessions on your Facebook account.

When accessing this, you will also be able to view information about the type of device using your account. The device name, type, and location, as well as when it was last accessed will all come up for your viewing. From there you can quickly and easily end the activity if it is unwanted, or if you forgot to log off.

Facebook also notes how this can be a useful tool in preventing unauthorized people from accessing your account. If there is any suspicious activity, you will be able to simply view what device it is coming from, and if you don't recognize it then you can end the access. Then from there you can precede to reset your password, if you felt that was necessary. 

With the privacy woes the social networking giant has come under fire for, it appears that they are now attempting to give you the best security for your account possible. This was first addressed with the new Facebook privacy controls, and now the ability to see where your account is being accessed from will help keep your account safe.

The new feature is slowly but surely rolling out to the user base, and once you have it, you can access it from your account settings under the tab "Account Security."

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Call me supid I figured the cookie got erased and you where essenitally logged out if you logged in on another computer/device anyway?

Sylar2010 said,
Call me supid I figured the cookie got erased and you where essenitally logged out if you logged in on another computer/device anyway?

Uhhh.....what?

Sylar2010 said,
Call me supid I figured the cookie got erased and you where essenitally logged out if you logged in on another computer/device anyway?

I thought so too. Every time I log in at home it logs me out at work, and vice versa.

Anyone know how to disable the privacy on sharing photos for instance..all this stuff is kinda useless now. I have everything set to friends only on my privacy and a while back they used some in house apps to share pics..but every pic now has a public link. even tagged ones it's pointless trying to stop phishing if everyone can see it anyway!!!

apparently, my home computer is in Moncton, New Brunswick and my work computer is in Kitchener, Ontario

i live and work in Mississauga, Ontario

I'm sure there was something like this already - that I disabled.

When you first log in on a new computer (supposidly) you gave it a name "Home PC". Then everytime you logged in on a different computer and named it, it would e-mail you.

Only problem was that it never remembered my "Home PC" so I had to name it every time before I could log in. Can't be bothered doing that, so I just disabled the feature. Too much hassle.

"Facebook also notes how this can be a useful tool in preventing unauthorized people from accessing your account."

Hopefully, Facebook has thought of the scenario with unauthorized users using this feature to block the real users from their accounts. I mean, if they have unauthorized access, they can use this feature too, in addition to posting log updates or whatever.

lol. Wait for all the dead****s who start blocking themselves everytime their phone carrier gives them a new IP.

Nashy said,
lol. Wait for all the dead****s who start blocking themselves everytime their phone carrier gives them a new IP.

Although I really hate the FB look nowadays (hate to see that news feed every time I login, one used to be able to set up your home page), I do appreciate the control over the privacy, and definitely this would be a great add, but I share you point dude, I'm not sure though if you could implement that kind of security without that annoyance.

could they cant look @ where you last logged in (from IP Address) and then say someone try's to log in as you and the IP address is from another county or city, then they could ask you for more info to see you if are you. Say in the past hour you have logged in from NZ, but now you trying to log in from china..

lflashl said,
Say in the past hour you have logged in from NZ, but now you trying to log in from china..

But once google unveils the new teleportation devices next month that could be completely feasible.

lflashl said,
could they cant look @ where you last logged in (from IP Address) and then say someone try's to log in as you and the IP address is from another county or city, then they could ask you for more info to see you if are you. Say in the past hour you have logged in from NZ, but now you trying to log in from china..

They do that. When I tried to log in from Poland on holiday it asked me some things to verify it was me.

Ambroos said,

They do that. When I tried to log in from Poland on holiday it asked me some things to verify it was me.

Yep same thing happened to me. I'm from New York, and while I was visiting Minnesota I tried to log into facebook. It also made me verify my identity before letting me in.

lflashl said,
could they cant look @ where you last logged in (from IP Address) and then say someone try's to log in as you and the IP address is from another county or city, then they could ask you for more info to see you if are you. Say in the past hour you have logged in from NZ, but now you trying to log in from china..

If you hover over the location it shows you the IP address.