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Facebook Security: How To Browse With HTTPS Secure Connection

Updated on July 14, 2011

The well-known social network Facebook has recently added an option to their website to login with a secure web connection over HTTPS. Normal webpages are viewed using HTTP but there is also a more secure variant with encryption: HTTPS, which stands for HTTP Secure. This is commonly used when you buy something on the internet and for online banking - for secure things!

I wholeheartedly recommend that you take action and make sure that you, from now on, login to your Facebook account with HTTPS. It's an easy step and it makes your connection a lot more secure. More and more websites are introducing this option to keep your account safe.

For hackers it will be a lot more difficult to sniff your password and it keeps your personal information more safe.

How to login and browse Facebook with HTTPS connection

Here are the steps that you need to take:

  • Login to your Facebook account
  • Click on "Account" at the top-right.
  • Click "Account Settings".
  • On this page, go down a bit and look for "Account Security".
  • Click "change".
  • Put a checkmark in front of "Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible" under the heading "Secure Browsing (https)".
  • Click the "Save" button.

Logout of Facebook and go to https://www.facebook.com/ . Notice that this web address has https in front and not http like most webpages. When you login to Facebook you'll notice that it remains https and that means you are now browsing Facebook on a secure web connection!

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Why you should use HTTPS when using Facebook

Your Facebook account is basically your online presence and you don't want others to do things on Facebook with your name next to it! They can talk thrash to your friends, delete your photos or even worse! You don't want to go through the hassle of telling everyone what really happened: your password got stolen because you were browsing Facebook using an unsecure connection.

An unsecure connections means anyone with the know-how can read what you are sending to that website! This means it is a lot easier to steal your password when you are logging in to Facebook. If you are using a secure connection then everything is encrypted which makes it a lot harder if not impossible to read your password like that.

Please take the above steps as a precaution to protect your Facebook account. It won't harm your account and it may very well protect you from harm in the future.

Change your Facebook bookmarks to secure connections

If you have a bookmark or favorite in your web browser to easily go to Facebook, make sure that you change your bookmark as well so that it points to https://www.facebook.com/ and not http://www.facebook.com/ . This means you'll never forget to go to the secure login page of Facebook!

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    • simeonvisser profile imageAUTHOR

      simeonvisser 

      7 years ago

      @platinumOwl4: It's easy to change and it could save you a lot of trouble, so it's good that you've changed it :)

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      platinumOwl4 

      7 years ago

      Thank you sir, made the change immediately. All ways looking for ways to protect myself from the Big Eye People.

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      Hipprintz 

      7 years ago

      Great information. I was able to change my security on facebook with your easy-to-follow instructions. I am not technically inclined at all. Thanks

    • simeonvisser profile imageAUTHOR

      simeonvisser 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Jann :)

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      jannthomassen 

      7 years ago from Norway

      Hi Simeon, well written; great information. Thanks for sharing.

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