mercredi 19 février 2020
Let us assume that you already understand the importance of browsing the net using secured connection such as HTTPS. And if that is not the case, I have written a post on this that explains what HTTPS is and why you will want to make use of it - especially when you are transferring sensitive and personal data across the net.
The next logical question is "How do you enable HTTPS" especially when you are checking emails and using Facebook - the two most common activities for online uses.
In this article we will show you exactly how to turn this feature on for Facebook log in as well as when you are accessing Gmail to check emails.
Setting Facebook browsing with HTTPS first
Follow the steps below and you will be fine.
- Log into your Facebook account and at the page where you see your own posts (we call it your wall) click on "Accounts" on the top right hand corner.
- Then choose "Account Settings" on the drop down list.
- Choose the "Safety" tab on the left hand menu and
- Click on "Secure Browsing". It should say "Guaranteed Browsing Is Enabled". If that is the case, your setting is complete. You have set your Facebook browsing to be secure. If you don't see "Guaranteed browsing is enabled" you can then
- Select "Edit" and check the box next to "Browse Facebook on a secure connection (HTTPS) when possible".
And that is basically all you need to do. Now whenever you log onto Facebook, you should be able to see a padlock with the words "HTTPS" at the address bar.
Next we move onto set up Google mail browsing with HTTPS
To enable HTTPS when using Google mail, follow the steps below:
- Log onto the Gmail account.
- Then choose "Options" at the top right corner
- From here choose "Email Settings" in the drop-down list.
- From "Email Settings" click on the "General" tab.
- Then scroll down until you notice "Browser Connection".
- Here you will see 2 radio buttons. Select the one that says "Always use https"
And that's it! You are all set.
How do you know if your connections are secured?
When you next surf the net, look out for the padlock and the word "HTTPS" on the web browser address bar. If these two are present that you are browsing the net with secure connections.