Help File: Chrome thinks it's still overseas; enabling Facebook 'https' security

The Washington Post
Saturday, February 5, 2011; 11:42 PM

Q: After a recent trip to Hong Kong, my copy of Chrome displays search results in Chinese.

A: Google's browser can apparently develop a case of wanderlust - it will direct you to another country's Google services while you're there, then fail to switch back once you come home.

In addition to this reader's experience, two friends had a similar problem after returning from Mexico.

Unfortunately, there's no cure for it yet. Google spokesman Eitan Bencuya wrote that this issue was a known bug and "something we're working on" but did not provide an estimate for when a fix might ship.

You can avoid the problem by conducting searches from Google's home page instead of Chrome's address bar. You can also change Chrome's default searchto a different site: Click the wrench icon in its toolbar, and pick a different option next to the "Default search" heading.

Until this is fixed, I would avoid using Chrome overseas - or at least limit your use abroad to English-speaking countries.

Q: How do I use Facebook's new "https" security option?

A: That popular social-media site (Post Co. Chairman Donald E. Graham sits on its board of directors) already encrypts your user name and password but has begun allowing users to have their entire session encrypted.

That's a good defense against identity theft; unfortunately, it's not on by default.

To change that, log into Facebook, select the "Account" menu at the top right and choose "Account Settings." Then, under the "Account Security" heading, click the checkbox next to "Secure Browsing (https)" and click the blue "Save" button below that.

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