Facebook Remote Logout

Forgetful Facebook users or users who login to their account on multiple computers/devices can now log themselves out remotely with Facebook’s Remote Logout feature. The new Remote Logout feature which was launched yesterday, was created to beef up and add an extra layer of protection and security to Facebook accounts.

If you logged into your Facebook account using a friend’s mobile device, a computer in the public library or school lab and forgotten to log out, the logged-in session will be alive and your account, including all your private information will be exposed to anyone using that computer. This new Remote Logout feature will enable the user to terminate that session and log out from his/her account, eliminating any unauthorized access to the account.

You control your experience on Facebook. Control isn’t just about deciding what you share and with whom you share it; it’s also about being able to keep your Facebook login secure.

Soon you’ll see a new way to take control of your account. You’ll be able to log out of any Facebook session that you may have left active on another computer or device.

The Facebook Remote Logout feature can be accessed via Account > Account Settings > Account Security on your Facebook account. From there you can enable/disable SMS notifications and get notified by SMS or email if a new computer or mobile device logs into your account.

Below Account Security is the Account Activity section which displays a list of the recent activity (time, location, device type, browser) and active sessions of your Facebook account which offers users the option to kill or end active sessions.

Account Activity
Facebook Account Activity

In the unlikely case that someone accesses your account without your permission, you can shut down the unauthorized login before resetting your password and taking other steps to secure your account and computer.

The best way to keep your account safe if you use multiple computers or devices to login to your Facebook account, is to make logging out a habit. As an extra safety measure, you should enable the Account Security login notifications and frequently check the Account Activity to make sure there are no unauthorized logins made to your account.

The Remote Logout feature is slowly being rolled out to all users, so not it may not be available to all accounts. If your Facebook account doesn’t have it yet, just be patient and you’ll soon have it. I hope they also enable this feature for mobile devices so Facebook users can remotely logout from their iPhones and other smartphones or mobile devices.

What do you think of Facebook’s new Remote Logout Feature? Anyone here been able to make use of this feature already? What are the things you like or dislike about the Remote Logout feature? Please share your thoughts.

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4 Comments

  • JP Habaradas, September 9, 2010 @ 2:30 PM Reply

    @Tyron – That’s true. It helps keep our Facebook accounts more secure and can notify us in the event that our account gets compromised. Yes, I think this is Gmail Session feature inspired.

  • Tyron, September 8, 2010 @ 2:25 PM Reply

    This remote logout feature is very handy as it added an extra layer of security to our Fb account, What I like the most about this service is they drop an Email when ever some1 tries to login from unauthorized computer. I believe this feature is inspired from GMail Session feature….

  • JP Habaradas, September 4, 2010 @ 6:20 PM Reply

    @AJ – You’re welcome! Glad to be able to share something new to you since most of the time, I find out about cool stuff from you. Hehe

  • AJ, September 4, 2010 @ 6:19 PM Reply

    That is cool! I didn’t know that. Thanks JP

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