Facebook enabled a privacy feature Thursday called Trusted Contacts that allows you to select a three to five confidants from your friend list to receive the virtual key to your account. If your Facebook is compromised by hackers or you forget your password, these people can supply the codes to get you back in.
The feature was first announced as 'Trusted Friends' in October of 2011. "However, we were only testing for the first part of last year , and the feature actually wasn't available for much of 2012," Frederic Wolens of Facebook Policy Communications told ReadWrite in an email. "The bulk of our work was making this more proactive (allowing you to select your friends ahead of time) than reactive (selecting your friends after you couldn't get into your account)," he added.