Facebook has finally wroke up and decided to offer a secure browsing option for it’s members. This is a critical new feature because it allows you to access Facebook on a secure connection (https as opposed to http). This however is not turned on by default but you can reportably manually activate this feature from “Account Settings”. When I recently opened my “account settings” this option was not there yet. Perhaps Facebook is rolling this out soon so check your “account settings” from time to time to see if the feature has been added to your account.
I did however try the secure connection manually and it is available and working.
You can manually access the secure connection by entering https://www.facebook.com in your browser and signing in. Then replace this secure connection as your “favorite” anywhere you previously had your Facebook link.
This secure connection is the same type of connection utilized for banking and it protects the privacy of your information. Phising sites and other questionable sites are unable to see your information when you use a secure connection.
Altough Facebook warns that using the secure connection may slow down some surfing because of the encrypted session I would not worry so much about this. Another problem may involve some third-party applications which currently do not support https so be aware of this as well.
This is a big step for Facebook and it has been a long time coming.