How To Set Up Secure Browsing (HTTPS) in Facebook

by mysticgeek on February 3, 2011

Facebook Security

Facebook recently added secure encrypted browsing as an option in their accounts. Here we take a look at how to enable it.

1. Log into your Facebook account and click on the Account dropdown menu on the upper right side of the page then click Account Settings.

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2. On the My Account Settings page click on Change next to Account Security which is third up from the bottom.

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3. Then you should see Secure Browsing (https). Check the box next to Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible…and then make sure to click Save. If you don’t see the option yet, be patient and keep checking back daily, as they’re slowly rolling out the feature to all users.

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4. Now when you login to your Facebook account you should see “https://” before the URL in the address bar.

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That’s it. Now when you’re on your Profile and Home page you’ll have a extra peace of mind knowing it’s secure. However, keep in mind that some pages may load slower, and it may not be available on all of the pages you access in Facebook, but at least they’re trying.

Also, if you don’t see the option yet, you should be able to add “https” in the address bar manually to get the encryption feature until the Account Setting is available to you.

  • Brian

    What is the point of secure browsing on FB? I don’t get it. What info is a person trying to hide and from whom? If a person is that paranoid about people finding out about what they are doing or getting what ever personal info they, themselves, have posted on FB, then why are they on a social networking site to begin with?

  • http://www.simplehelp.net Ross McKillop

    Brian – https (vs. http) encrypts the connection between your browser and Facebook itself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Secure#Difference_from_HTTP is a good and easy to understand explanation between the differences of the two, and that same Wikipedia article provides more info on why it’s a good thing :)

  • Brian

    Thank you Ross. I understand the difference between the two protocols, but I don’t understand the need for it to be in use all the time with FB. It is a great thing for logging in as it keeps your user name a password secure; I can understand that. But what else is going to be vulnerable during my FB session?

    Logging into FB has long been done across https and I appreciate that. But what else do I need to protect while I am on FB? Why do I care if someone can snoop me playing scrabble, or Farkle. Why does it matter if someone can see me finding out who my top stalkers are?

  • http://www.simplehelp.net Ross McKillop

    Brian –

    FB chat, uploading photos, etc. Most (certainly not all) FB apps don’t even support https…

  • mysticgeek

    Another reason you’d want to use HTTPS is to use as a counter measure to wireless packet sniffing programs such as Firesheep…you can read more about it here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firesheep

  • Brian

    @mysticgeek: That makes sense; I wonder if this https option is FB’s attempt to address that vulnerability?

  • mysticgeek

    @Brian: I think that is one of the reasons, and not to mention Zuckerberg’s account was hacked – http://bbc.in/gy0gHp

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  • rhonda

    i did this but it does not give me the option to check a box next to what i need to check

  • June Perry

    great info…done..ty

  • Emily Alger

    The HTTPS has royally screwed up my computer. I’ve been trying to figure out how to TAKE IT OFF!!! If I get it removed, it will never be installed on my computer again!!

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  • Keewee27

    I cant get onto my page though , its all screwed up

  • cazaipaul

    How can i unlock my account please help to open it

  • http://www.simplehelp.net/ Ross McKillop

    Unlock your account in what way?