Facebook users may see two new features rolling out in the near future. One adds much needed security while the other may potentially be a threat to your privacy.
HTTPS browsing has been an opt in feature for Facebook users since early 2011 when Firesheep was released into the wild and it only worked on some parts of the site. Soon, North American Facebook users will have HTTPS browsing turned on as a default with the option to turn it off for those who want to see a slight performance boost. With HTTPS browsing enabled, the traffic is encrypted on the client prior to transmission over Wi-Fi thus preventing someone snooping on the Wi-Fi signal from seeing the data. It’s standard for all financial sites and has been standard on Gmail for years. Facebook faced many technical challenges in implementing this technology for it’s nearly 1 billion users but they managed to adjust their load balancing techniques to allow secure browsing with minimal performance degradation. Continue reading “Facebook rolling out https secure browsing site wide and testing instant photo upload for iOS 6 users”