One of the quintessential tools of all teenagers and college students is Facebook. Although it may be moving out of style, it’s almost a basic necessity to have a Facebook profile (it’s definitely seen as strange if someone tries to look you up and you don’t have a profile). For all we use Facebook, however, many of us hardly ever wonder about how secure our information might be. After all, we have an account and a password and our own customized privacy settings. How much safer could it be?

The answer is: so much safer. According to Christian’s bookmark, before recently Facebook did not have HTTPS support. This means that they used a plain HTTP server, which people with the right tools could easily crack into. Facebook may seem unimportant and doesn’t necessarily contain extremely private information, there are some things on each of our Facebook profile’s that we’d rather not have the entire internet see. Think of all the photos that you store on Facebook, all the posts and comments that might not necessarily meet an employer’s standards of conduct. Think of those pages you liked back when you were in middle school. These are not things that you need the entire world to see.

There are a few ways to protect your information from prying eyes when using Facebook with a plain HTTP. For one thing, you can avoid logging into Facebook using a public Wi-Fi server.  Furthermore, whenever possible you should use an HTTPS servers add on. But most importantly, dig into your account settings page on Facebook as soon as possible. It might take a little work, but it would be worth it to turn on the HTTPS server and keep your information as secure as possible.