Secure Most Of Your Internet Connections With The HTTPS Everywhere Firefox Plugin

by Anil Polat · 10 comments

https everywhere logoMost connections to popular websites, like Facebook and Twitter, are not encrypted, meaning that passwords, pictures, and data sent across them can be intercepted easily by anyone with basic eavesdropping software. These sites, and many others, do however offer SSL-encrypted versions of all their pages (HTTPS instead of HTTP) and the Firefox plugin HTTPS Everywhere can enable all of them with little effort.

Download And Install The Plugin

Luckily this process is very simple. Just visit the HTTPS Everywhere homepage, and click the large “Install HTTPS Everywhere” button, then restart Firefox.

Adjust The Settings As Needed

By default, HTTPS Everywhere will force your browser to go to the encrypted pages of the most popular websites (i.e. Amazon, Facebook, Paypal, Washington Post, etc.). You’ll notice that an “S” will be added to the end of each “http(s)” letting you know the connection is secured.

  • This shouldn’t interfere with any of your browsing but you can always switch the plugin off for certain sites by going to, in Firefox, Tools > Add-ons > HTTPS Everywhere > Preferences.

https everywhere settings

Other Good Uses Of HTTPS Everywhere

Obviously it’s a good idea to encrypt your passwords in transit, although on sites that allow it, HTTPS Everywhere also encrypts the entire content of the pages you’re viewing. Something that could come in handy when checking out newspapers, forums, and other websites in countries with there might be strict control of online content or censorship. In those cases, I’d recommend downloading Hotspot Shield and using it in conjunction with HTTPS Everywhere for a more inconspicuous and secure connection.

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1 wanderlass July 21, 2010 at 20:42

never realized of that risk! do they have such plugin for google chrome? for some reason firefox keeps on crashing when i use it so i stopped using it.

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2 Anil P. July 22, 2010 at 11:09

Sure, try out KB SSL Enforcer:

https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/flcpelgcagfhfoegekianiofphddckof

Let me know what you think of it if you end up installing the plugin 🙂

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3 Barbara @ Hole In The Donut Travels July 26, 2010 at 15:46

As I am getting ready to head off to Asia for 5 months, visiting China, where I may not even be able to see my site, I was very interested in the Hotspot Shield info that you rote about previously. That, in combo with HTTPS Everywhere, sounds like a good combo to keep me safe from hackers. If there’s anything more that I should install before i leave, would love to hear your recommendations.

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4 Anil P. July 27, 2010 at 09:06

Those should have you set – but if your site is still blocked (there are many layers to the great firewall of China), you can try using FoxyProxy, setting it specifically for China, and seeing if that helps as well:

http://www.techguidefortravel.com/2010/04/20/the-quick-vpn-hack-firefox-plugin-foxyproxy/

Hopefully you won’t need it though!

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