Default https security coming to Facebook

Facebook users may soon feel safer whilst using unencrypted wifi hotspots, thanks to a new development from the social networking site.

To find out why https sites are safer when sending or receiving sensitive information, click here

Almost two years ago, Facebook implemented 'https' to allow its billion plus users the ability to automatically encrypt their communications with the site – preventing hackers and attackers from sniffing sensitive data while using unencrypted wifi hotspots. However, the security feature was opt-in only and most users have never opted to use it.

In a blog post, Facebook has now said that it will be rolling out default 'https' to users in North America, with the rest of the world following "soon".

If "soon" is not soon enough for you – and we'd advise you that it probably isn't – you can set it up for yourself by logging in to your Facebook account, going to Account settings / Security and check the box 'Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible'


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