Facebook to add HTTPS by default for all users

News by Dan Raywood

Facebook has said that it is to roll out SSL encrypted sessions for all users.

Facebook has said that it is to roll out SSL encrypted sessions for all users.

According to a statement, it is rolling out HTTPS for all North American users and it "will be soon rolling out to the rest of the world" too. The social network first announced the plans to deploy HTTPS connectivity early last year with users able to add it via their account settings.

Facebook security engineer Alex Rice said at the time that it hoped "to offer HTTPS as a default whenever you are using Facebook sometime in the future" but also pointed out that encrypted pages take longer to load on HTTPS, while some Facebook features, including many third-party applications, are not currently supported in HTTPS.

Earlier this year Twitter announced plans to deploy HTTPS for all user sessions by default. It said: “HTTPS is one of the best ways to keep your account safe and it will only get better as we continue to improve HTTPS support on our web and mobile clients.”

Last month, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales called on all websites to move to HTTPS "in the longer term, so [they have] secure access all of the time".

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