Facebook’s New HTTPS Mode May Break Facebook Syncing

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If you want your Facebook pictures to sync, don’t turn on HTTPS! Facebook has a new security feature that lets you use secure HTTPS protocols when possible in order to help keep your private data private. However, if you turn this option on, some Facebook app connectivity may be broken. For example, on Windows Phone 7, if you turn on HTTPS you may notice that your friends’ photos no longer update, you will no longer see any images in your “What’s New” Feeds, and you won’t see Facebook photo libraries update in the Pictures hub. The same is true with the older HTC Sense UI installations in Windows Mobile 6.x as well as some Android Facebook integration customizations. Most native Facebook clients are unaffected by the change.

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You may see a note about the new HTTPS features when you log into Facebook at the top of your home page. To turn it off and get your Windows Phone 7 photos syncing back, go to Account > Account Settings > Account Security.

Did you turn on the Facebook HTTPS feature and then wonder why your Facebook news feeds weren’t showing pictures anymore?

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!