A Facebook Feature You Will Want to Turn On: Secure Browsing

Most of the time when I post about Facebook I am telling you how to turn off a feature.  Today I am going to recommend you turn one on.

Recently a number of high profile Facebook users found their accounts hacked.  The hacking included Mark Zuckerberg, known as one of the founders of Facebook.

I imagine Mr. Zuckerberg’s account hacking has something to do with the rush to release the new security feature I am going to tell you about.

The new feature does something seemingly very simple. It adds an s after the http in the address bar when you are surfing Facebook.  That s is extremely important.

Think of s as standing for security; it means that Facebook is providing encryption that will make it extremely difficult for hackers to break into your Facebook account.  You have no doubt seen the s on a bank site or when purchasing something via credit card.

That Ever Important S

Enabling the encryption feature is extremely easy:

  1. Click on Account on the far right side of your Facebook page.
  2. Click on Account Settings.
  3. Scroll down and look for Account Security and click on change.
  4. Click on the checkbox to enable Secure Browsing.
  5. If you like, click on the option to “send an email” when another computer or device logs into your account.
    1. This feature could be a bit annoying. It means that any time you log into your account from a different machine you will receive an email warning you about it.

    Account Link
Turn on Encryption

I don’t have a strong opinion about whether to enable the “send me an email” choice, but I would definitely enable the Secure Browsing feature.

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