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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Facebook to offer secure connection, better authentication

By Hayley Tsukayama

Starting today, Facebook will be rolling out two new security features for its users, the social network announced.

The first new feature allows users to use Facebook using a secure, https connection. The Web site has used the secure connection whenever dealing with user passwords in the past. Now, they're rolling out an option on the Account Settings page that will allow you to choose secure browsing by default.

Secure browsing may slow down users' overall Facebook experience, as encrypted pages take longer to load.

The second feature Facebook announced is better social authentication. Instead of a captcha, the word identification security measure, the site is rolling out what it calls social authentication. The site is aiming to improve security by tapping into the information they have at their fingertips -- who you know.

165698_10150142086626729_20531316728_7787867_373288_n.jpg (Image courtesy of Facebook)

As the post said, "We will show you a few pictures of your friends and ask you to name the person in those photos. Hackers halfway across the world might know your password, but they don't know who your friends are."

Users have expressed several concerns about Facebook security over the last few months, and the company has been launching new security features, such as letting users know where they're logged in to their accounts, monitor account activity and obtain single-use passwords.

Check out Faster Forward for Rob Pegoraro's take on the new features.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 26, 2011; 11:03 AM ET
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Comments

I got hit with this trying to log into FB on my son's computer. I had to figure out people that I haven't seen in years (school) and some people that I haven't seen a picture of (online only friends), and then there's the others that post pictures that aren't even of them but mark (as well as others) the picture as them, but in any case, I can't identify them. Now if I were allowed to pick who would be shown for such a captcha, it would be much better.

Posted by: bytehead1 | January 26, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Though the features are good but i think the
best is that The site is aiming to improve security ,......

http://www.tronixcountry.net/

Posted by: tronixcountry | January 28, 2011 4:39 AM | Report abuse

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