Software & Apps

Firefox Extension Forces HTTPS Whenever Possible

Posted on August 5th, 2011 by

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has funded the development of a new Firefox extension, HTTPS Everywhere, which is now available. This extension forces web browsers to try and use HTTPS addresses whenever possible. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, which means that data you send and receive is encrypted.

However, HTTPS Everywhere only works with websites that offer HTTPS connections, and only those for which rules are defined in the extension. This includes many major websites, such as Google search, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Paypal and more. In addition, you can add your own rules, following instructions available from the extension.

At a minimum, it is useful to have this extension to ensure security for many of these popular sites.