Senator Schumer Wants More Secure Wireless Facebook

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York called on web sites including Facebook to secure content accessed via wireless networks.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York called on websites including Facebook to secure content accessed via wireless networks.

The Democratic senator held a press conference in Manhattan this weekend, where he told reporters that free WiFi access provided by cafes and restaurants make it easy for hackers to eavesdrop people’s Internet use to collect people’s personal data including passwords and credit card numbers. Reuters quoted Schumer saying:

The number of people who use WiFi to access the Internet in coffee shops, bookstores and beyond is growing by leaps and bounds. The quickest and easiest way to shut down this one-stop shop for identity theft is for major Web sites to switch to secure HTTPS web addresses instead of the less secure HTTP protocol [which is] a welcome-mat for would-be hackers.

Schumer put these concerns in a letter that went out to major websites, asking them to default to secure addresses beginning with https:// — saying he believed that many sites have been too slow to address a security flaw publicly known since at least 2007.

Do you think Facebook needs to make all access of the website default to the secure address, or should it be the individual’s responsibility?