Use HTTPS for facebook.comMay 4, 2011 / by Marco / Categories : Technology
Are you using a secure connection to your facebook account? I know how important it is to ensure you have the most secure settings for your facebook profile and I accidentally stumbled across this one – using HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). For those non techies out there this basically encrypts and secures information between your computer and the website you’re browsing. Most banks use this protocol to ensure your username and password is secure. HTTP is the unsecured version as the username and password is in clear text. Hackers can easily gather this information on your network or the Internet and it wasn’t until last week where I realised that I’ve been connecting to facebook using the unencrypted method.
The easiest way to use the encrypted method is to browse using the following URL https://www.facebook.com (instead of http://www.facebook.com). Once you’ve logged in, it will hopefully display a message asking whether you want to keep using the secure browsing option.
Alternatively, you can login to your facebook account and select account at the top right hand corner. Click on change account security and make sure “Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible” is selected:
Now you can be confident that your username and password is safe and secure.
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