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If you’re an avid Facebook user then there’s one new feature you’ll probably want to enable straight away – the option to login, browse and do all your social networking worry-free, using a secure HTTPS connection to the server.

Facebook previously used HTTPS to handle logins, but from then on the site reverted to a non-secure version. Using the new setting found in the Account Security area under Account Settings (look for Secure Browsing) the whole session will be encrypted and less vulnerable to hijacking.


Users considered to be most at risk are those who regularly login from public access computers and unsecured wireless hot spots. If you do regularly use Facebook from any public places then we’d recommend changing to the HTTPS option as soon as you can.

As a consequence of the secure connection, pages may take longer to load than usual. There are also a large number of applications that are not yet compatible with the HTTPS.

In a blog post, Facebook’s Alex Rice said: “Some Facebook features, including many third-party applications, are not currently supported in HTTPS.

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“We’ll be working hard to resolve these remaining issues. We are rolling this out slowly over the next few weeks, but you will be able to turn this feature on in your Account Settings soon. We hope to offer HTTPS as a default whenever you are using Facebook sometime in the future.”

Too little too late? Already had enough of Facebook?

  1. C_dive
    February 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    facebook is the seller of your info

  2. Chessy
    February 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    It unchecks the box itself anytime you go to a game & doesn't put you back into https when you leave the game. Major FAIL.

    • Aibek
      February 5, 2011 at 8:09 am

      agreed!

  3. Jack Cola
    January 31, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Facebook is also handing out invites to the new Facebook Messages functionality. You get yourusername@facebook.com as an email address. http://www.jackcola.org/blog/127-a-hands-on-walkthrough-with-the-new-facebook-messages-with-pics

  4. Jack Cola
    January 31, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Facebook is also handing out invites to the new Facebook Messages functionality. You get yourusername@facebook.com as an email address. http://www.jackcola.org/blog/1...

  5. Mikel
    January 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    You can just make use of an addon for firefox, HTTPS Everywhere , which allows you not only secure connection with Facebook, but also with Google, Gmail and related services. Check EFF site https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/06/encrypt-web-https-everywhere-firefox-extension
    Cons: Facebook chat actually does not work with this protocol.

  6. Lochtefeldm
    January 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Not an option here either. I live in the US too. So yeh...

  7. MW
    January 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    This is not showing up on mine. Is it being rolled out in stages?

    • Tim Brookes
      January 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Yep, over a few weeks.

    • pceasies
      January 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      Yes

  8. Dale Dunphy
    January 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    No such link under Account Security area under Account Settings. Does this change by region of the world, for example. I live in Canada.

    • Tim Brookes
      January 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      It'll show when it shows, over the next few weeks.

  9. Mikel
    January 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    You can just make use of an addon for firefox, HTTPS Everywhere , which allows you not only secure connection with Facebook, but also with Google, Gmail and related services. Check EFF site https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/...
    Cons: Facebook chat actually does not work with this protocol.

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