Facebook has announced a new security tool designed to boost the protection of user profiles and provide further password guidance to users of the social network.
The Facebook three-step Security Checkup is available now globally on desktop computers, and a mobile version is expected soon.
The company said that users will see a pop-up reminder on their profile over the next few weeks that urges a security check.
The first step will provide a list of every device or application logged in to the Facebook account, with the option of unclicking any old or unused devices.
Step two prompts the setting up of log-in alerts that send a notification every time Facebook receives a log-in request from an unknown device or browser. Step three is a series of tips on how to strengthen passwords.
Melissa Luu-Van, product manager at Facebook, explained that password protection is vital to security.
"We recommend not using your Facebook password anywhere else online, never sharing it with anyone, and avoiding common words that may be easy to guess," she said.
"In just a few easy steps, your account gets some extra protection and you get some extra peace of mind. We have dedicated teams and intelligent security systems working around the clock to help keep your account secure.
"We also provide optional security controls that you can turn on for added protection. You get to decide which features you want to use."
The news comes as Facebook announced its second-quarter 2015 financial results. The company reported an increase of 17 percent year over year in daily active users, which reached an average of 968 million in June.
Facebook posted revenues of $4.04bn for the second quarter, an increase on the $2.91bn in the same period last year, the bulk of which was driven by mobile advertising.
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a earnings call that the company will continue to push user engagement.
"This was another strong quarter for our community," he said. "Engagement across our family of apps keeps growing, and we remain focused on improving the quality of our services."
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