Facebook is slowly making new security features available to secure your data over unsecured internet connections, like when you are working from your local cafe. This week they are rolling out a new setting that will secure the data in your profile and anything in your Facebook account while you are out using public wifi networks.
The new setting will enable “https” security. The “s” in “https” is for security, you may have noticed “https” in your web browser’s address bar when you log into your online banking, online email system or any other highly secure system. This is important because you don’t want anyone hacking into your account and grabbing personal information like your date of birth, your home telephone number and even your credit card information.
Below are the step by step instructions you need to enable this setting (yes it won’t be enabled by default, you have to set this up yourself). If you follow the steps and you notice that you don’t have this option yet, try again every day until this setting is available to your account. Facebook is rolling out this option across all accounts and hopes to make it available by the end of the week.
1. Once logged into Facebook, click right on the top right corner then click “Account Settings”
2. You will end up on the “Settings” tab, which is exactly where you need to be
3. Scroll down to “Account Security” and click “change”.
4. Enable the new “https” setting by checking the first box. If you’d like to be emailed when a new computer or mobile device logs into your account, check the second box. When you are emailed you can log in, go back to this section and click “end activity” to stop their access.
Now, even if you enable this setting today Facebook may not start securing accounts until next week, which makes me think that you should enable it as soon as possible and then put a note in your calendar to go back into your Facebook account and ensure it’s still set properly in your account next week.