Yesterday Twitter announced on its blog that they were adding a way to make your Twitter account more secure by choosing to force and https connection. This means that you no longer have to worry about accessing Twitter on public wifi networks such as coffee shops and airports.
To turn on HTTPS, go to your settings and check the box next to “Always use HTTPS,” which is at the bottom of the page. This will improve the security of your account and better protect your information if you’re using Twitter over an unsecured Internet connection, like a public WiFi network, where someone may be able to eavesdrop on your site activity. In the future, we hope to make HTTPS the default setting.
Once you sign into Twitter go to your profile settings page. Scroll down to the bottom and check the option to “Always use HTTPS”.
There are also a few instances where turning on HTTPS in your settings does not force HTTPS. For example, when accessing Twitter from your mobile browser, you need to go to https://mobile.twitter.com to use HTTPS for now. We are working on a solution that will share the “Always use HTTPS” setting across twitter.com and mobile.twitter.com, so you don’t have to think about which device you’re using when you want to check Twitter. If you use a third-party application, you should check to see if that app offers HTTPS.
This comes now long after Facebook added its own option to add an option to force secure browsing. If you haven’t turned this feature on you should do it now. You’ve got nothing to lose by making sure your account is as safe as possible.