How To Set Up Secure Browsing (HTTPS) in Facebook

This guide explains how to make sure that you’re using the secure version of Facebook (https) instead of the non-secure (http) version.

Please note: This guide was initially published back in 2011 and Facebook has since made sure that all of uses https without the need for you to make any changes to your Facebook or browser settings. We’ll leave this online for the sake of historical archive and it should be treated accordingly.

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.


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


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.


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


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.

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17 thoughts on “How To Set Up Secure Browsing (HTTPS) in Facebook”

  1. 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!!

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

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