Fix This Facebook Setting as Fast as You Can
Gawker: HTTPS encryption can keep you from getting hacked
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2011 6:34 PM CST
The Facebook logo.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, file)

(Newser) – Facebook has begun rolling out an important new protection, and Gawker's Ryan Tate says users should "jump on this" as soon they can. It's an encryption tool called Facebook HTTPS that will "keep any random jerk in the café from hijacking your account." Unfortunately, users have to opt-in to the service, at least for now, and Tate offers a walk-through of how to do it under Account Settings. (Facebook does, too, in its blog post.)

You may not be able to make the switch immediately, but keep checking back. "Switching to HTTPS is important because a browser extension called Firesheep has made it especially easy for anyone sharing your open wireless network—at cafe or conference, for example—to sniff your credentials and freely access your account," writes Tate. Also note that this protection doesn't apply to the Facebook iPhone app.

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Libor Soural
Jan 29, 2011 4:18 AM CST
Yep, big deal, lmao.
Naked_Emperor
Jan 27, 2011 11:03 AM CST
You know, guys facebook is not the only privacy concern on the internet. If you take a picture with a gps enable smartphone and post in on the web, anyone can pull the GPS data from that picture and find out where it was taken. Almost all smartphones have this feature. Ever take a picture of your car in front of your house with your cellphone to post on craigslist for sale? If you have geo tagging enabled all they have to do is right click on the picture, and view EXIF data. It will give the GPS coordinates that you can drop into Google Maps.
janbee
Jan 27, 2011 8:09 AM CST
What's the surprise here -- I'm not a big proponent of expanded government. However I believe Facebook's business is akin to a public utility -- like a telephone company and privacy issues are gulated with these businesses. Facebook needs to be held accountable and not allow this to be taken casually. This is not about privacy settings of personal information. This is about Facebook not taking extreme measure to insure their "NETWORK" is not compromised. When there is a utility in the public domain for 3 months I say Facebook needs to be penalized for not taking action before today.