The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Tor Project have launched a new Firefox extension called HTTPS Everywhere. Inspired by Google’s encrypted search option, this add-on will simply encrypt the traffic to some of the many popular sites, including Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, NYTimes, PayPal, Mozilla, Google Search, Google Services, and many others.
Security is something everyone is taking more and more seriously; whether it’s newspaper sites getting hacked or personal information being stolen, what’s evident is that there is a lot of evil surfing the web and you could be a victim. Protecting online privacy is something that even the most naïve click-happy web surfer knows is important which is why you should be doing everything you can to protect yourself including viewing web pages over an HTTPS connection whenever you can.
HTTPS Everywhere ensures you always view pages over a secure channel by forcing web pages to open in HTTPS. The extension is especially useful if you often neglect to check how information is being exchanged over a particular site and surf over the HTTP connection (the default for many sites). It happens often enough that while viewing a page over an HTTPS connection, you find a link to the same site that will be on HTTP. This extension ensures that all links a user clicks on will open over HTTPS. The extension incorporates a search feature in its options to check which sites are supported and which aren’t.
To apply HTTPS redirection rules, head over to the addon’s Preferences.
The extension, only a few years ago, supported only a handful of sites, the popular ones, but now it supports 1000 sites and allows you to customize them same way as before. Like before, users can add support for sites that the extension doesn’t support by following the link in the extension’s options.