If your Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) account ever got hacked, or if for some reason you’re not able to log in to your account, then your loyal Facebook friends can help you get your Facebook account back. A lesser known feature of Facebook known as “Trusted Contacts” can help you in such a situation.

Basically this “Trusted Contacts” feature will provide your friends with passcodes, which they’ll need to hand over to you so that you can gain access to your Facebook account. This feature is very helpful if you ever have trouble accessing your account – for example when a hacker has gained access to your account and has changed your login information.  In that case you won’t be able to login no matter how hard you try.

How to configure Facebook’s “Trusted Contacts” feature

Log in to your Facebook account and click on the cog icon from the top-right, and then click on Settings.

This will open a general settings page. From the left sidebar, click on Security. Here’s a direct link to this page for your convenience.

From this security page, you’ll find an option labeled Trusted Contacts. Click on Edit and then click on Choose Trusted Contacts.

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Again, you’ll need to click on Choose Trusted Contacts.

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Now you can choose between 3 to 5 friends that you can call for help, if there’s ever a problem with your account. These friends will get the passcode which will help you get back your Facebook account.

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Of course, you should enter only your close friends in Trusted contacts which you can reach via mediums other than Facebook.