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HTTPS Everywhere for Firefox 5.2.17

Increase the safety of connections to web sites by encrypting them

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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 Firefox or Chrome

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 24 May 2017
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Downloads To Date: 5550
Developer: Electronic Frontier Foundation
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HTTPS Everywhere
Improve the security of your web browsing with HTTPS Everywhere

How many of the web sites that you visit are secure? We have all got into the habit of looking out for the padlock icon in the address bar that indicate we are visiting a secure site when making online payment and performing other tasks online, but many of us give little though to the matter when we are not parting with money. HTTPS Everywhere is a free extension that is available for Firefox and Chrome that can be used to ensure that you are always using a secure connection to visit sites.

You can improve your security when browsing the web by opting to visit the secure, encrypted version of a web site rather than the standard one. This usually involves little more than changing the http part of the URL to read https instead, but this is something that few people could be bothered with doing on an on-going basis. HTTPS Everywhere can do the hard work for you, automatically redirecting your web browser to a secure version of a web site whenever there is one available.

This is not an extension that is compatible with every web site that you may want to visit, but support is growing. It is not a magic solution that cures all privacy and security issues, but anything that helkps to improve things even a little is to be welcomed, and as this is so simple and unobtrusive to use, there’s certainly so hardship involved in having it installed to see what it can do for you.

It is possible to create your own additions to the tool by creating ‘rulesets’. These are simple little XML files that can be used to automatically redirect your web browser from the regular version of a web site to the secure version. Wildcards can be used to save having to write rules that are too complex and to cater for sites that make use of subdomains. Should you find that adding a ruleset causes a site to fails to function correctly, it is possible to temporarily disable it.

What's new in  5.2.17 (see changelog for more info?

- Ruleset updates

Verdict:

A helpful security tool that is already valuable, but that will undoubtedly improve as interest grows.

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