As you may already know, yesterday FaceBook posted a new blog post, announcing two new security features.
The first new security feature is that users can now access FaceBook over a secure, “HTTPS” connection. Previously, FaceBook used a secure connection to encrypt users’ log in data, but as of this update, users can choose to use FaceBook, entirely with a secure connection.
Some people who may want to enable a connection using “HTTPS” include those who frequently access their FaceBook accounts from a public computer, such as at a library, school, airport, coffee shop, as well as other public places.
If you would like to enable “HTTPS” on your FaceBook account, you can do so by logging into your account and then clicking on the “Account” button, located at the top right side of the page. From there, you should click on the “Account Settings” link, which will take you to a page that contains a list of your FaceBook account’s preferences and settings.
After that, you should scroll down and click on the “Change” link, located right above the “Account Security” section. Then, you should check the box for “Secure Browsing (https)”, which will enable you to access FaceBook from a secure connection whenever it is possible to do so.
Also in this section, there is an option for users to receive an e-mail whenever a new computer or mobile device accesses their FaceBook account, which may be something that you should consider using if you frequently use FaceBook in a public place.
However, enabling a secure, “HTTPS”, connection for your FaceBook account will cause pages on FaceBook to load slower, as encrypted pages take longer to load. In addition to this, some features on FaceBook are not currently supported with a secure connection, including a variety of third-party applications.
According to FaceBook’s official blog, they will be rolling out this new feature over the next couple of weeks.
Another new security feature that was announced yesterday is “social authentication”, which is a new way for users to verify that a human is trying to access their account and not a computer trying to “game the system”.
Instead of the regular “Captcha” system that many websites use, which displays a string of text that users have to type into a box to verify that they are an actual person and not a computer or spammer, FaceBook will be using “social authentication”.
Social authentication is similar to a “Captcha” system, in terms of its purpose, but rather than displaying a string of text for users to enter, it will display a few pictures of people they’re friends with on FaceBook. In order for users to verify themselves, they will have to identify the friend who is in the pictures.
According to FaceBook, they will continue to test the new social authentication feature and gather feedback on how to make this and other features useful and more secure.