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Facebook Switching To HTTPS By Default 92

Trailrunner7 writes "Facebook this week will begin turning on secure browsing by default for its millions of users in North America. The change will make HTTPS the default connection option for all Facebook sessions for those users, a shift that gives them a good baseline level of security and will help prevent some common attacks. Facebook users have had the option of turning on HTTPS since early 2011 when the company reacted to attention surrounding the Firesheep attacks. However, the technology was not enabled by default and users have had to opt-in and manually make the change in order to get the better protection of HTTPS."
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Facebook Switching To HTTPS By Default

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  • power (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19, 2012 @07:37PM (#42034303)

    wonder what the implications are from a power consumption perspective?

  • by rduke15 ( 721841 ) <rduke15@gmail.CHICAGOcom minus city> on Monday November 19, 2012 @08:24PM (#42034831)

    This is really sad news. My driftnet/webcollage [] screen in my living room will get boring if it gets starved of all the neighbours' Facebook activity. https is killing all the fun!

  • by Phoenix ( 2762 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @07:32AM (#42039197)

    Last year I succumbed to Facebook's nagging and I finally opted to raise my security to the HTTPS setting. Largely to shut it the @#$% up.

    Nagging was worse than ad-supported software.

    However once I did that my troubles began. None of the games I played would run under the HTTPS and instructed me to drop back to the HTTP security. However once I did that, Facebook was nagging me "Did I really want to do that?" and "Are you certain that this is wise? The higher security is better to protect your identity".

    After several attempts I gave it up and left it at the HTTPS setting. Haven'y played a Facebook game or ran a Facebook app since.

    So my question is...what's going to happen to all the people who are addicted to all the apps and games? Will they *finally* run under the higher security setting? Or are we going to hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth as people start going into withdrawal when they can't check on their farms to see if they got the magical macguffin of the week?

    [I didn't notice that my comp was logged off of my account and posted it as an anon-coward]

We cannot command nature except by obeying her. -- Sir Francis Bacon