Facebook uncovered its New Year surprise to its members on Tuesday (Jan. 25) after Facebook rolled out a new security feature which allows members to access the site using a secure, encrypted “https” connection, similar to the level of security granted by banks in online transactions.
What Are Encrypted Connection or HTTPS?
Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a combination of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol with the SSL/TLS protocol to provide encrypted communication and secure identification of a network web server.
Using the normal http connection has many security risks like Network Sniffing were the Hacker can grab your password while the use of Encrypted https connections forces the password encryption which nulls down the efforts of Hacker.
How To Activate Secure Connection On Facebook.
By default Facebook has not enabled Secure Connections.
To Enable HTTPS do as follows.
- Login to Facebook
- Click the Account Tab
- Click Account Settings
- Click Change on Account Security
- Check the box saying “Browse Facebook on secure connection(https) whenever possible”
How To Identify If You Are On a Secured Connection.
When Logging into facebook through the https connection , you will see the following on the Address Bar of your browser.
Disadvantages Of https Connection
Although https is a more secured way of browsing the web, there are some minor disadvantages with it.
- Webpages will load slow on a secured connection.
- On Facebook some Applications are not yet compatible with https.
- Not recommended for people on slow internet connections as it might lead to ‘Connection Timed Out‘ error.