Facebook Started Switching All Users To Secure HTTPS Connections
This time, I got some GOOD news about Facebook. I know, that it’s an unlikely even, but there it is!
Even though I don’t know who is responsible for this decision, I still would like to thank him. Facebook needed just 2 years to move to HTTPS after Google did it in January of 2010. I understand it though – changing Facebook to become an annoying place for spamers was WAY more important.
Still, I applaud this action. No matter how late it is – it’s protecting users. It’s trying to convince us that Facebook’s priority is user security. Not that we will believe that. But it’s a nice gesture.
The funny thing about this change to HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure), which protects users when they log in Facebook and prevents man-in-the-middle attacks and spying is the excuse people at Facebook are using. They are saying they took so long because they did not want Facebook to slow down. Just look at this:
Encrypted pages take longer to load, so you may notice that Facebook is slower using HTTPS
Uuuh… Now, I’m terryfied! HTTPS will be the reason my “duckface” photo will upload 3 seconds longer! How will I cope with that? (sobbing in the corner)
(stopped sobbing) Hurray! Facebook confirmed that there will still be an option to opt out of HTTPS through their Account Security settings. So duckface photos uploaded in a second! Hurray for me and every other internet troll!
Want to read the whole information about this change? Whatever you say! This is the original info posted on Facebook Developer blog site:
This week, we’re starting to roll out HTTPS for all North America users and will be soon rolling out to the rest of the world.
What this move means? In my opinion, Facebook is aware it’s loosing users and is trying to stop this fall by reminding people it still cares about their privacy. Changes made in Facebook in the last two years are making it lose popularity and its position as the most important social media site. Even Mark Cuban knows it and is advising people to treat twitter as a priority, because Facebook is way down on the list of social media sites. Read the whole Mark post: What I Really Think About Facebook.
Will Facebook save its position? I highly doubt it. But it’s really nice to notice a small change in the good direction.
What do you think about it? Will Facebook survive? Will it regain its position atop social media sites? Let us know!