Secure Your FB Account – Enabling HTTPS For Facebook

October 18, 2011 · 21 comments

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While not a cure-all, this little check-box will drastically reduce the vulnerability of your account to phishing (hacking) schemes and help keep your brand safer!

Enabling HTTPS ensures that you have a secure connection between you and Facebook when you log in – which makes it much harder for infected stuff to steal your login credentials on the fly.

This is not yet a default setting – but we figure it will become one in the very near future based on Facebook’s other actions. For now, you can very easily enable it for yourself.

How To Enable HTTPS For Facebook

1. From your profile, in the upper right hand corner, select the drop-down arrow.

2. In the drop-down menu, select “Account Settings”.

3. In the Account Settings window, on the left hand navigation, select the “Security” option.

4. In the Security Settings window, to the right of “Secure Browsing” select the “EDIT” button.

5. Now, in the secure browsing area, put a CHECK MARK next to “Browse Facebook on a secure connection when possible”.

6. Click Save Changes, and you’re done!

Additional Thoughts…

Many people ask me why this wasn’t enabled by default. Well… Mark was just a kid, setting up a small site on a college campus and most people didn’t question him. (Even though he called those who failed to question him “Dumb F*cks” for being so out of touch with the dangers as they gave him all their personal data.) As the platform grew,  applications began being developed that were not secure and it became harder and harder to change over. Facebook is currently moving towards HTTPS, including making all app developers transition over and it is likely this will become the new default in a year or so.

In the meantime however, don’t pass up on this chance to improve your security on Facebook.

Go click this setting and hit save, you’ll feel better knowing you did! (And then share this post with others that may yet not know they can do this, please!)

Here’s to your online success!
Kimberly Castleberry

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Jeanie October 18, 2011 at 9:11 am

I have already done this) Thanks a lot! I do think that everyone should do it! And I can also advise everyone to change password. In this case your security policy will be completely finished)

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jane October 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I have followed the instructions carefully and has succesfully Enable HTTPS. I dont have any bad experience with my privacy in facebook but i have friends who has been a victim. I wont wait until it will happen to me! Thank you so much for this!

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Shari Weiss October 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

THX, Kimberly. Now my “further thoughts”: How about going through the REST of the Security Options and/or even ALL of the Account Settings to give your opinion on Best Practices these days :-)

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Maja October 19, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I am using facebook since last two years but I have not explored such anatomy that you have explored. I am here for further updated about facebook and other social media.

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crescele October 20, 2011 at 7:47 am

this one is good! we should really protect our facebook to those spammers that will mess our own property. i have followed the instructions and i enabled HTTPS. thanks a lot for this, such a big help :)

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Richard October 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Great post.

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Arun October 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

It is good for security but if the user is using low-speed internet connection then this option is not good because, it increases page loading speed of the site.

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reeha October 22, 2011 at 2:26 am

going to give it a try and activate my HTTPS to protect my Facebook account. security is the main problem that every social media is facing and i am sure after activating that i will feel a bit safe.

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Bemble October 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Thanks for this useful hint! Now only facebook gets my data to store it forever *big-grin*

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Lissa October 24, 2011 at 5:10 am

Thanks Kimberly! As always, you make staying secure a breeze. Love your work :)

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reeha October 26, 2011 at 5:57 am

Thanks for sharing this helping and securing post. after doing that now i am feeling more secure than ever before.

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faissal alhaithami October 26, 2011 at 7:20 am

I was using HTTPS secure browsing 3 months ago but I have stopped using it because most of the apps weren’t supporting it.

Now, after the step that facebook made for making the apps developers to move to SSL cert. hosting.

I’ll activate it again. Thanks for the post.

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Maria Pavel November 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm

To be honest, I haven’t really understood the importance of enabling the HTTPS for Facebook even if I’ve read other posts suggesting to do this so. I enabled it just right now. I do hope that this would be a great way to fight those unauthorized activities in my account.

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Noel Addison November 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

My facebook account is already in https. I encourage ou all guys to do the same for our account to increase the security of your social account.

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Austin January 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

thank you..my FB is now secured :-)

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Donna Merrill May 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Thanks Kimberly, You have solved my problem. It was so easy to do. I ran to your page with my heart going pitter patter because Facebook told me I was asking too many people to join me…which I wasn’t! But you came to my rescue with this blog. It is amazing how much we don’t know and/or don’t do.
Many thanks,
Donna
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Oliver Tausend May 9, 2012 at 3:19 am

Hi Kimberly,

once again thank you for not only creating awareness but also for offering a great solution to solve the problem. I came over from Donna’s Facebook post about her problem that you were able to solve. Great job.

Cheers

Oliver

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andi May 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

BEST thing I ever did…. I’ve had problems in the past with Facebook, so this is one good way of reducing the chances of anything happening….

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