Facebook Adds Remote Logout Feature

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Not logging out can be a huge privacy risk, especially on public computers but also on other computer systems that multiple users have access to. Why is that? Because everyone accessing the computer after the user may access that user’s profile on Internet websites.

That was reason enough for Facebook to add a new option under the Account Security section that displays all devices and computers the user is logged in, with options to end activity on all systems but the active one.

Probably more interesting than the option to end the activity of those secondary logins is the fact that they are displayed on the page. This means that Facebook users who suspect that someone else may have access to the computer have now the option to find out in Account Activity as well. That’s on top of the Facebook login feature that informs the account owner by email or SMS if another device or computer is used to log into the account.

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facebook remote logout

The new feature is rolled out gradually, and once it is live, can be accessed under Account Security section of the Account Settings page.

Facebook in the past month’s have shown a drive to improve the site’s privacy settings and tools. The new remote logout feature can prove useful to some users who forgot to log out on another device. The real use however in our opinion is the ability to log out account thiefs before changing passwords to make sure they stay locked out of the account. (via Facebook)

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