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How to Force Login Security on Facebook

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 (No comments yet)

When you arrive at Facebook's homepage, you'll notice something odd:

Where's the security!?
Where's the security!?

That's right! No login security!

To be technical, the login is still redirected to a secure login page, but how could you ever know that without viewing the source code and understanding what you see there? If the page you're on doesn't show the HTTPS protection, it's safer to just assume it's not there.

So here I offer you this simple trick whenever logging into Facebook or any other service for that matter. See that login form over there? It looks like this:

Here's the form you use to login from the homepage
Here's the form you use to login from the homepage

Instead of putting in your data, click LOGIN without entering any data. Leave it blank and click the button anyway

You'll get an error, but ignore it. The point is now you're on a page that's visibly protected.
You'll get an error, but ignore it. The point is now you're on a page that's visibly protected.

Facebook will redirect you to their secure login page where you can visibly see the security is active by seeing the Using HTTPS For Secure Login and Payment Online and lock icons. Now you can login knowing that the chances of someone catching your name and password in transmission are greatly reduced.

An even simpler trick is to put a bookmark in your browser or bookmarks bar that goes to https://www.facebook.com and always use that bookmark to go to the page. If you're not on your personal computer, use the above trick instead.
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