Browse Facebook Securely

Recently there have been a number of simple hacks that allow your Facebook to be compromised.  Today, Facebook announced a new feature that will help solve many of your security issues….

You can now easily prevent that with this awesome (and long overdue) new feature from Facebook that allows you to browse the website securely.  Spread the word! Why?  Because it’s optional and you have to enable it yourself !  To enable it simply go to the Account Security section of the Account Settings page and enable it.

Essentially it works by adding military grade encryption to your browser, similar to when you’re checking out on an e-commerce website.  In our opinion, this should become a DEFAULT setting for anyone who uses Facebook.  Until it becomes the default setting make sure to protect yourself and change it today, it only takes a second…

“Starting today we’ll provide you with the ability to experience Facebook entirely over HTTPS. You should consider enabling this option if you frequently use Facebook from public Internet access points found at coffee shops, airports, libraries, or schools,” the post says. “The option will exist as part of our advanced security features, which you can find in the Account Security section of the Account Settings page.”

Using HTTPS may mean that some pages will take a little bit longer to load, and some third-party applications aren’t currently supported, the company said. The option is rolling out over the next few weeks. “We hope to offer HTTPS as a default whenever you are using Facebook sometime in the future,” the post says.

“Every user’s Facebook page is unique and it’s been complex pulling together all the different parts,” said Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan when asked what the time frame is to making HTTPS the default setting. “It’s an interesting technical challenge for the company.”

After you modify that account setting you will notice that whenever you browse Facebook your browser bar will show “https://www.Facebook.com”  and you should notice the LOCK graphic denoting that you are now browsing on a secure encrypted protection.  It will look something like this:

typically appearing in your browsers bottom right corner,this will vary by browser.  If you don’t see a lock, then you’re not protected.