Enabling HTTPS for Safer Facebook Use

Facebook logoAt the end of January, Facebook officially added HTTPS support and slowly started rolling it out to Facebook accounts. It appears that this security rollout is complete, and should now be available on everyone’s Facebook account.

What is HTTPS?

The HTTPS security protocol provides an added layer of data encryption between a computer and the web to help protect your private Facebook data from being hacked.

You should already be used to using and recognizing HTTPS when online banking or shopping.  Always watch to make sure your browser displays “https” in the web address, instead of just “http”, and look for the “lock” icon.

Facebook recommends that you enable this security feature if you tend to use your Facebook account heavily in public areas, such as our public computers, or over a non-secure wireless network.

What to keep in mind?

Facebook’s blog does warn that there could be some performance and functionality limitations if you enable this security feature, but they do claim to be working on fixes.

There are a few things you should keep in mind before deciding to enable HTTPS. Encrypted pages take longer to load, so you may notice that Facebook is slower using HTTPS. In addition, some Facebook features, including many third-party applications, are not currently supported in HTTPS.

How to enable HTTPS for your Facebook account?

To enable these settings, you need to login to your Facebook account and access your Account Settings. Look for the Account Security settings and select “change.” Under the Secure Browsing (https) setting, select the checkbox labeled “Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible.”

This video provides a quick easy demonstration.

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