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Sunday, February 06, 2011

HTTPS security on Facebook

I am indebted to  Lee Ayrnton on AFCA for this tidbit:

Facebook now has a HTTPS option in the security menu, as a
defense against personal information being sniffed out on public WiFi by
Firesheep users.

Well, that sounds like a good idea, particularly if you are an occasional user of public WiFi networks at places like Starbucks and Panera.  But exactly where is this setting?

Go to Facebook, and then account settings using the menu in the upper right.

You will see a screen somewhat like this, except I’ve opened up the “Account Security” section by clicking manage.

I’ve also clicked the box indicating HTTPS connection (the type of connection you’d use for online banking).

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Click on the box for secure browsing, and then hit ‘save’.

I don’t know whether there will be any unforeseen problems with doing this. If you find any, let me know.