Facebook: How to Enable Secure Browsing (SSL Encryption)

If you are worried about tools such as Firesheep or packet sniffers being used to hijack your Facebook session, Facebook is rolling out SSL encryption. Unfortunately, this is not enabled by default.

1. Go to Facebook and login to your account.

2. Go to the upper-right corner, click Account and select Account Settings.

3. Go to Account Security and click change.

4. Under Secure Browsing (https), click the Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible checkbox. Click the Save button.

Facebook is currently rolling out this feature, if the option isn’t available on your settings yet, check periodically until it appears. Definitely a smart move for anyone that uses Facebook on multiple (and possibly vulnerable) networks.

 

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  • Anonymous

    This is an easy thing to enable and something that’s important to do! I work for Symantec and we are thrilled to see this move by Facebook. It’s an important step toward being safe online, but it only works (for now) if you turn it on…

  • http://www.facebook.com/namcoles69 Nick Coles

    that’s great – i just flicked the switch and feel a little better about security on facebook……was wondering though is it really true that facebook ‘OWNS’ all the pics, posts, vids etc that we put on their site? what does this mean precisely? are they able to copy and place our private information on other sites, databases etc or do privacy laws still protect us there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/namcoles69 Nick Coles

    that’s great – i just flicked the switch and feel a little better about security on facebook……was wondering though is it really true that facebook ‘OWNS’ all the pics, posts, vids etc that we put on their site? what does this mean precisely? are they able to copy and place our private information on other sites, databases etc or do privacy laws still protect us there?

  • Mmirich711

    I don’t have the check box to turn secure browsing back on. Please help

  • Mridulasarma

    Thank you :)

  • Terry Baggett

    I dont have the box to switch to secure browsing, what can I do?

  • Cheryl McLaughlin

    I enabled it and now can’t do much of anything. I can’t even get to account settings to turn it off.

  • Seth Layton

    Some nerd keeps hacking me through my SSL security somehow. He tried screwing with my dad’s network at some point, but he rebounded a military installation on him to where it re-formatted his computer, and now his computer’s hard drive is fried if he does it again. But now this nerd just keeps hacking me through vulnerable webpages like Facebook. I think what’s sad about it is I have 3 sub-masks on my ip address connection to my network and I’m still getting hacked through Facebook, EVEN while I have this check marked. I know I’m going to need to check it when I get back on… After I turn on web capabilities the hacker turned off for various main sites like ‘Social Network’.