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Facebook Updates to Support Total Session HTTPS

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After the release of Firesheep–a Wi-Fi sniffing Firefox extension that made waves last fall–major companies scrambled to beef up their security. Facebook joins the fray this week by adding in total session HTTPS; a simple toggle in your profile secures your entire browsing session.

Just hit up your security settings (Account -> Account Settings -> Account Security) and check the box that reads Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible.

Visit the link below to read the full announcement from Facebook.

A Continued Commitment to Security [The Facebook Blog]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/27/11

Comments (7)

  1. Jordan

    I do not yet have access to this yet, which I assume is because of the sheer size of the servers and the updates may have not hit every user yet ;___; .

  2. William

    But what is going to protect you from Facebook?,they are just as bad as any hacker in my opinion.

  3. Kevalin

    +1 to William on that!

  4. Ravok

    I wish they’d finish rolling this out to everyone, I swear the article on Gawker or Lifehacker said it was supposed to be available on all accounts by the end of the day yesterday and it’s still not showing up for me. :-\

  5. Bruce

    This has limited use as some FB apps don’t support https. Currently, if you switch to a non-secure app, FB either allows you to turn off HTTPS or it doesn’t allow you into the app. If you turn it off, you have to go back into security settings to turn it on again.

  6. Khaled

    +2 to william , too . ^__^

  7. Merz

    Just checked my fb, don’t have that option, hopefully will get it soon. Is it possible fb only provides this in western countries and not Asia?

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