In a recent announcement on the Facebook blog, the world’s most popular social network will be taking some steps to beef up its security for the benefit of its users. In the coming future, users will be able to encrypt their sessions spent logged in to the website in an effort to prevent people from stealing their login data and online identities. Facebook also issued a warning stating that improved security would come at the price of performance:
Encrypted pages take longer to load, so you may notice that Facebook is slower using HTTPS. In addition, some Facebook features, including many third-party applications, are not currently supported in HTTPS. We’ll be working hard to resolve these remaining issues.
Facebook also mentioned that they plan to make it mandatory for everybody to encrypt their sessions in the future. In addition to encryption, Facebook will be implementing additional security features – when the site suspects that an account has been compromised, it will require its user to identify pictures of their current Facebook friends to prove that he/she is the rightful account owner. Time to start deleting those “friends” whom you don’t really know in case you get caught in this authentication process and have no idea who those random people you have on your friend list are.