The Facebook BFF security claim is a hoax!
It has gone viral that if you write BFF in the comments section of the post on Facebook and it turns green, your account is perfectly safe. However, it is a hoax and it will not ensure your privacy on the social media site.
The post says if you type BFF it will show you whether or account is secure. Basically stating if the letters turn green you have no reason to worry about being hacked, but if it does not you should immediately change your password.
“Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, invented the word BFF. To make sure your account is safe on Facebook, type BFF in a comment. If it appears green, your account is protected. If it does not appear in green, change your password immediately because it may be hacked by someone,” is the bogus message of the post, which has been shared tens of thousands of times.
It really means nothing though. This is the same feature the social media site uses when animating the word congratulations. The principle is just like when certain words turn a different color on your phone to give you the option of using an emoji. Essentially, the words will turn a specific color and when you click on the word a brief animation appears.
Whether or not the BFF turns green or not has more to do with your browser settings than your security settings. This means as opposed to placing all your hopes on this hoax, you should follow the legit procedure laid out by Facebook to ensure your account is as private as you want it to be.
Senator: How will I know if my Facebook account is protected?— Minda Kronik 🌀 (@Jackvladamir) April 12, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg: Type BFF in comment. If it appears green, your account is protected. If not change your account password immediately.
In case you don’t know the proper way to secure your account, the steps have been laid out below.
- Protect your password: Don't give it to anyone and don't use it elsewhere online
Remember to always do research before messing with your privacy settings. There are too many hoaxes out there, just like the current one making the rounds on Facebook.