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Say Goodbye to Stalkers with Foursquare’s New Security Feature

Written on April 07, 2011 by R. Depp

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Foursquare users can now have a secured and protected check-ins into the site through HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure).

The location-based social network, , recently announced over Twitter that the site is moving to to “proactively increase the security of all accounts.”

Following the steps of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, Foursquare have likewise started using HTTPS for its website, mobile site and smartphone clients.

HTTPS guards web content when it’s transferred over a network, protecting a web user’s account information and other data from being accessed by others. With HTTPS, even if a user is connected through a public Wi-Fi hotspot – where the network connection is vulnerable to hackers – there is an assurance that data traffic over HTTPS is secured and encrypted.

Foursquare’s HTTPS support is already turned on by default, unlike Facebook and Twitter’s, which requires users to manually modify their account’s security settings by selecting the “Always use HTTPS” option.

Users of Foursquare are now reassured that their locations are only seen by people they want to share them with.

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