Facebook improves security

The social network Facebook starts to roll out a new security feature: Secure Browsing (https). It will be available in the options of “Account Security”, below the “Account Settings” page. This means that all data sent from and to Facebook will be transferred encrypted over the Internet if possible. Attacks to steal identities for example in WiFi networks with Firesheep will be rendered impossible this way.

Currently the feature seems to struggle with some problems though. According to media reports, some online games in Facebook don’t work properly together with activated Secure Browsing. This should be solved very soon, though. Anyways this is a step in the right direction and every Facebook user should activate that option as soon as it is available (at the time of writing this article only in the U.S.).

Dirk Knop
Technical Editor