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Facebook is improving the security of its data transfers thanks to HTTPS. (cloki/shutterstock.com)

Facebook is improving the security of its data transfers thanks to HTTPS. (cloki/shutterstock.com)

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, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

Facebook is transferring all the accounts of its U.S. users to the safer HTTPS protocol. Up until now, users had to opt in to benefit from the extra safety provided by this type of connection.

HTTPS is secured hypertext transfer protocol that adds a layer of encryption to transferred data, making it harder for ill-intentioned parties to take a peek.

Facebook users have already been able to opt in for HTTPS connections for over a year via their settings page, but Facebook is now working on turning it into the default setting for all users, starting with accounts based in the US. 

Many other online services have adopted the same protocol, such as Twitter.


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