Your facebook activity might be insecure

Written by Ed Beckmann Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:55

I have just seen a true posting on facebook about a change in their security settings that make your activity less safe.

What’s the problem?

When you want privacy around the stuff you type onto a web page, you should always be looking at a page that starts with https://   the_website_name. Ordinary pages start with just http://. Some browsers also show a little padlock at the foot of the page as well.

Facebook lets you log on via a secure page, but then takes you to insecure ones unless you specifically opt in.

How do I check?

Simply log onto facebook and go to your home page, or anyone else’s. Look in the address bar at the top of the page to see if you have http or https.

What can I do about it?

  1. Log on and click on the drop-down arrow to the right of ‘home’ in the top right of the screen
  2. select ‘account settings’
  3. on the left side of the new page there is a list starting general > security > notifications > …
  4. click on security
  5. the first option is ‘Secure Browsing’, followed by a sentence saying ‘Secure browsing is currently disabled’. Click on ‘edit’ to the right of this and tick the box to use a secure server
  6. Save changes and notice that the http has changed to https
  7. relax

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