Facebook’s Secure Browsing (HTTPS) Setting, Its Problems And A Solution

Facebook recently introduced the ability to browse their website using https instead of standard http. This allows it’s users to use their website more securely. To turn it on use the following steps:

  1. Click the Account menu in the top right corner and select Account Settings.
  2. Next to the Account Security heading click the Change link.
  3. Check the “Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible” checkbox under the Secure Browsing (https) heading.
  4. Click the Save button.

Now that you have this setting turned on be prepared for it to be turned off in certain situations. For instance the secure setting is not available in Facebook apps. Every time you enter one of the non secure areas you’ll be prompted that you are leaving the secure connection. I understand this but have gotten very annoyed by prompts.

But the bigger problem is that when you enter an http area after visiting a non https the secure connection is not restored automatically (at least in my experience). I’m sure that as time goes on Facebook apps will more over to https but until then this leaves a hole in the Facebook security system. A way to automatically leave a secure connection but no similar way back to it.

To work around these issues I’ve created my own solution. I’ve added a bookmark to my browser’s bookmark toolbar to go to Facebook under HTTPS. (To do this just add a bookmark for https://www.facebook.com.) Now every time I finish using a non secure area of Facebook I use the bookmark to easily turn the secure connection back on. A simple solution to an annoying problem.

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I used to be logging into facebook through https but somehow lost that to http. If I log-in to facebook, either through http or manually type https, I see my facebook home page, but as soon as I click on anything (friends, account…)I get booted out of facebook. Help please.

I use it but than I want to go my page,it dosen’t open!!!!!!!!!??????

hi.. i already solve my problem about my fb account.. 3 days of headache because of prompts. Thanks to you

now it is working properly.thanx 4ur tips…so nice of u…

I changed my facebook security to https and now my computer won’t open facebook at all so that I can uncheck it. I have easyedge internet on my phone and can get onto facebook there but in settings I don’t have the option for to change secure settings.

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Funny how little things like these can make you lose credibility. Just sayin’.

ohai –

Thanks for the tip. I make that mistake frequently. Not being a professional writer (and not ever trying to pass myself off as one) I don’t think such errors hurt my credibility to the point of losing it. Especially if there are very few, if any, other grammatical mistakes. I’m an amateur writer who tries his best. Emphasis on amateur.

i tried to disable the secure browsing but it can’t be saved, the save button is not woring, how’s that?

it will not let me play a game iamfam

I have a problem with the game Farmville. I have done the Irish setter twice and cannot get it to count on the goals. Please fix fast or my goal will not make it. Thanks.

I’m puzzled. Why are you asking me this question? What am I supposed to do about it?

thx this helped me alot now i can go on my apps

i want this secuity message every time i log in stopped. it is interfering with my accessing my emails

why i m seeing that my aacount is insecure? pls help me for that

Thanks very much!

thaaaaaaaaaaaaankx man it worked 🙂 :* very gudddd

i have the same problem when i want to deactivate secure browsing. and save changes is unclickable.i just use internet explorer cause google wont work. at last its done.

I seem to have a padlock symbol before the https in the address bar ..I am unable to read any comments people are leaving under my photos that I have posted ..Although the people that have posted the comments tell me they can see them ..Help please ….

Thank you so much!

I got an issue with an app I have created when I run the php file and it try to login to facebook it says the app does not support SECURE BROWSING. Yet my app points to the https Canvas page url. Also I have selected sandbox mode in Fcebook app screen. I have not selected website logon.

Not sure how to solve this

but in my fb account that save button is desable..then how i can desable the secure browsing.?

Hi sir, i want to say that i have enabled secure browsing in my account. So what benefit can i get from it? Actually i had my account two times blocked with uc browser. When i tried to access my account suddenly it gave captcha code and asked of to identify the photos of my friends. And in this way my two fb account were blocked and till now i could not unlock them. Why such happens? I enter the correct email and password also. What i have to do to keep my account free from any locks. Plz help me.

I am having an issue when I try to go to Facebook. I have tried both Chrome and IE with no luck. As soon as Facebook Log in screen starts to load (not even putting in any acct info) my entire computer freezes. I can see the log in and password boxes but that is as far as I can go. I am able to get on every other website except Facebook? Could it be a setting that was changed by accident?

I have fixed my problem above…I had to reset my secure connection by typing the path into the web browser starting with https

Vanessa – Thanks for following up. I hope others can learn from your experience.

uh, you see. HTTPS/SSL locked my my social networking websites 🙁 (fb, twitter) how would i deactivate it? i tied every method. irt doesnt seem to work 🙁

I have no idea how to help you. I don’t even totally understand the problem. What exactly did you do that got you locked out?


F/B is blank page, I have even deleted my cookies.


F/B sucks

thanks , it really works! and finally i can browse my fb! yay!

When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get
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Bless you!

Click the “unsubscribe” link on the bottom of the email you receive.

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I have tried everything to turn off Https secured browsing on facebook from deactivating my account to logging on in different browsers to logging on with my phone and nothing works,this mess is slowing down my games and pages are loading slower what else can i do? thanks

searched for a fix for the secure browsing in facebook having no edit button to change settings. have had no luck finding any useful info. any help would be appreciated.

Cynthia u can turn off secure browsing by going to tools – acct settings – security. then to the right top f the list should have secure browsing with an edit button to the right . can hit edit and turn off… if you have the edit button that is .. mine is missing

what can i do when i haven’t got edit button in section “secure browsing”

This post is 3 years old. Things have changed. I suggest you keep secure browsing on. But if you still want to turn it off Google other solutions.

The checkbox is missing on the secure browsing… I wonder why? Before it was there… (-_-)

i can’t even just go to http://www.facebook.com. when i try to manually type it in the address bar then hit enter, it will automatically direct me to https. i’m using chrome.

i can log in,but i cannot see my timeline.there are some word like ‘secure your account’come out at my account facebook.can you help me to remove the secure my accout?i want to see my timeline.please help me?

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