Palo Alto, Calif. – Facebook has added the ability for users
to login and surf the site using a more secure encrypted connection, known as
HTTPS. The encryption is the same used on shopping and banking websites to
secure connections, and was previously used on Facebook when passwords are
checked. "Starting today we’ll provide you with the ability to experience
Facebook entirely over HTTPS. You should consider enabling this option if you
frequently use Facebook from public Internet access points found at coffee
shops, airports, libraries or schools," the company said in a blog post.
noted that the site may function more slowly using HTTPS, and some features,
including many third-party applications, don’t currently support HTTPS.
addition to the added encryption, Facebook said it will now also offer
"social authentification," a unique form of the traditional
"captcha" that will ask a user to identify Facebook friends from