Facebook and Secure Fan Pages

A few weeks ago, we gave you a list of 10 reasons you need a Facebook Fan Page.

The latest Facebook ‘buzz’ is their plan to force all fan pages to be ‘secured’ by October 1, 2011. What this means is your Facebook Fan Page must now reside on an https: site with SSL - Secure Certificate.

What is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. Basically, it is the technology whereby a user’s browser and your server talk to each other using encrypted data. This makes it much harder for hackers to get personal data.

To secure your site, your server needs to have a secure certificate installed, either shared or a single certificate for your site only.

For clients with existing e-commerce websites this will not be a problem. The URL for your Facebook Fan page will merely need to be changed from http to https. The problem comes in for sites that previously had no need to purchase an SSL Certificate.

So, to secure your existing Facebook Fan Page or if you are in the process of developing a Facebook Fan Page you have limited options.

1. Purchase a Dedicated SSL Certificate for your domain

2. Use a Shared SSL

For clients that are hosting at IQnection, we have set up a process for a shared secure server. Your Facebook Fan Page(s) will be hosted on a ‘shared’ environment within the SSL Protocol.

Please contact Eric Jacobson in our Marketing/Sales Department (215-345-5424 x215) for more information on how your Facebook Fan Page can be moved to comply with Facebook’s plan of requiring these pages be secured.