When it comes to the Internet, security is a very big issue – after all, no one would like to have their personal details accessed all too easily, right? Facebook, the world’s most popular social network at this point in time, intends to offer a more secure Facebook experience for its US users, and this is done by introducing an additional layer of security by providing a more secure Internet connection. From this week onward, Facebook users who access its website will have to go through a HTTPS connection, which is an Internet protocol that banks as well as other security sensitive websites commonly use.
Due to the added layer of security that has been integrated, the experience will be slowed down as it is not as fast as HTTP. This is due to the HTTPS protocol encrypting your data, while verifying a site’s certificates without having to cache information on your computer. Before this compulsory “upgrade”, individual users were able to select for themselves whether to enable HTTPS connections for their Facebook account or not, but it seems to have ended up as a default setting now. Other Facebook users worldwide will also experience a HTTPS switch sometime down the road.