Here’s a quick rundown about a feature that many of you may or may not already know about. Facebook’s Secure Browsing ensures that your Facebook experience is safer.
The fastest way to check this is non-secure browsing shows up as http:// in your URL bar. When using secure browsing, it becomes https://
Secure browsing protects your information from being taken by third party sites. For instance, you would notice on most bank websites that a secure connection is being used. This ensures that the information being transferred is safe.
To change this setting, follow these steps.
1. Go to Account > Account Settings
2. Go to Account Security > Click Change
3. Check the box under Secure Browsing (https) > Click Save
For the app users here, you will find that some apps offered by Facebook cannot be used with a secure connection. A message offering to turn off your secure browsing will appear.
Facebook is yet to resolve this problem. So you have the options of not using the app while maintaining your secure connection or using the app, but turning off the secure browsing which will turn back on the next time you login.
I would not be overly concerned about temporarily turning off your secure browsing, but I would keep two things in mind. Do not use any application that you don’t trust. If it seems to be coming from an unreliable source, don’t use it. And secondly, avoid turning off your secure browsing on a public network, such as coffee shops, libraries, and schools. It is easier for people to access your information this way.
Remember, secure browsing only turns back on if you log off and log back in. If you are finished using that app, and wish to continue browsing Facebook, use the steps above to turn back on your secure connection.
This post is our first out of several posts about Facebook settings you should know about. Tell us in the comments below if there is a Facebook setting you would like us to write about.
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