It’s still Facebook, just safer – Secure access guide

If you’ve ever had you Facebook account hacked, phished or otherwise infiltrated, you’ve probably wondered what you can do to ensure it doesn’t again and if there was anything that could have been done to prevent it to begin with. While you could always use a password that uses every letter in the alphabet mixed with Egyptian hieroglyphics (good luck finding those on a keyboard); a much simpler and effective solution already exists directly from Facebook. Secured browsing, aka using https rather than http, securely encrypts your session and prevents nosy neighbors from being able to intercept your data. (Sadly it won’t prevent the nosy people from standing behind you.)

If you’ve never heard of https and don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, no worries. Just follow these three quick steps and you’ll be off to secure browsing bliss. If really want to know more about the https protocol, read this.

Step 1

Go to your Account Settings from the Account drop down in the upper right corner of Facebook.

Step 2

Find “Account Security” under the Settings tab and click the “change” link.

Step 3

Check the box for “Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible” and click Save.

That’s it! You’re all set. Now anytime you login to Facebook, you will automatically use the secured browsing mode whenever possible. I hope you’ve found this post useful.

What’s the deal with HTTPS?

What does HTTPS do? It’s an important tool that can keep your Facebook account safe from being hijacked on an open or poorly secured wireless network. Gmail, for example, uses HTTPS for everything.

By default, Facebook sends your access credentials in the clear, with no encryption at all. Switching to HTTPS is important because a browser extension called Firesheep makes it easy for anyone sharing your open wireless network to freely access your account.

One blogger sitting in a random New York Starbucks was able to steal 20-40 Facebook identities in half an hour. HTTPS solves this longstanding problem by encrypting your login cookies and other data.

You can sign up for Facebook HTTPS by going to Account Settings and then selecting “Account Security,” third from the bottom. Then click under “Secure Browsing” — if it’s there. Facebook said that most people should have it by not but if it’s missing, check back every day for the next few weeks until you see it.

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