Facebook Security: Addition of HTTPS access

Earlier this week we reported on how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook fan page had been hacked into and noted that it was not exactly great publicity for Facebook but we’ve heard news today of something that should please a lot of people. Security surrounding Facebook has long been an issue for many but the site has now added access through an HTTP Secure (HTTPS) connection, which will increase security.

The news reaches us from Stan Schroeder over on Mashable and you’ll be able to access the HTTPS feature directly from your Facebook account on the Account Settings page. This is being rolled out gradually so it may not be appearing on your page yet, but once you’ve opted for it, a secure connection will be given wherever possible.

Previously there has been a different method for getting a secure connection on Facebook through an HTTPS Firefox add-on but this was not always compatible with other Facebook features. There are plans to improve this new HTTPS support further as Facebook acknowledges that not all third-party applications can be accessed through HTTPS. The point is also made that access via HTTPS will slow up your Facebook experience.

Brian Smith over on eWeek also tells more about the new HTTPS security on Facebook and reports that Alex Rice, a security engineer with Facebook, blogged that it’s initiation was aimed at public places such as schools and libraries. The article also gives details on the “Social Authentication” scheme. What are your thoughts on this capability of increased security on Facebook? Let us know with your comments.