Just yesterday Facebook starting rolling out an important new security feature: You can now choose to use Facebook with a secure, encrypted connection.
Have you ever noticed a URL that beings with “https://”? You’ll see this on bank and etail sites. “Https” stands for “Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. When you use https, the information sent between you and the server is encrypted, preventing hackers from seeing your information and accessing your account.
For a complete explanation of how https protects your Facebook account, I recommend the article The Facebook Setting You Should Change as Quickly as Possible by Ryan Tate.
In the meantime, check to see if you can start using https for your Facebook account. If you can’t do it yet, check back every day until Facebook adds https to your account. Here’s how:
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1. On the upper-right side of your homepage, click on “Account,” and choose “Account Settings” from the drop-down box.
2. Scroll down to “Account Security” and click on “change.”
3. If Facebook has added the https option to your account, you will see the following box (image by Ryan Tate):
4. If you see the following option, check it!
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