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Posted at 07:21 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Facebook adds mobile security features


Facebook now lets you change your password and report questionable content on the go. (Justin Sullivan - GETTY IMAGES)
As we put more and more information online, it’s become vital that we have a way to respond in real time when it’s compromised.

On Monday, Facebook announced that it is working on two key tweaks to its mobile app to allow users to respond on the go if their accounts are accessed without their permission.

Facebook engineer Dan Muriello said in the post that the Facebook security team is adding the ability to remotely reset your password and use the site’s “social reporting” tool on the company’s mobile site and native apps.

Mobile reset is fairly straightforward — users can choose which e-mail address or phone number they would like to have their new password sent to, and the site offers a couple of ways of identifying the user’s account. Facebook will roll the feature out over its mobile devices and gather feedback from users.

Social reporting, a feature that the network introduced in March, allows users to report offensive or questionable content to another friend in their social network without seeking intervention from Facebook itself. So, for example, if a teenager is being bullied online, he or she can tell a friend, parent or other person they trust to try and mediate the situation. According to Muriello, 70 percent of reported photos that are identified through social reporting are taken down.

“This week we started testing this on m.facebook.com and over the coming months we will add social reporting to all mobile devices,” Muriello wrote.

The Washington Post Co.’s chairman and chief executive, Donald E. Graham, is a member of Facebook’s board of directors.

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