Facebook unleashes long awaited HTTPS

In a move perfectly aligned with the recent protests in Tunisia and Egypt, Facebook declared its support of January 28th or “Data Privacy Day” by unrolling its latest and long awaited security update, secured connection (HTTPS.)Among other features, it marks a new wave of effort on Facebook’s part to improve its users’ security.So what do these updates mean for all of us mortal Facebook users out there? Here’s a list of the new features and how to use them.

HTTPS: Secured connection

Instead of http://www.facebook.com, you can now have your profile set by default to go to https://www.facebook.com. What’s the difference? What HTTPS offers you is a way to make sure that all information sent out over your network connection is encrypted and secure.

To throw in some geeky jargon, http:// URL’s communicate through port 80 by default, whereas https:// URL’s communicate via port 443 by default. By adding a layer of encryption to your communication, this will help prevent malicious users from eavesdropping on your web traffic, or performing man-in-the-middle attacks (Google for news about the Firefox add on “Firesheep” for that controversy.)

For now, you have to enable this feature on your profile to take advantage of it. To do this you simply go to the “Account Security” section of your Account Settings page and check “Browse Facebook on a secure connection…” then save.

Want more info? Get the official Facebook blog post about this topic- click here to read it.

You can also read about some security features that were released this past October (that you might not know about.) Some of these include handy features such as remote logout and one-time passwords.

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