It is a well-known fact that unprotected HTTP protocol is prone to hijacks, HTTPS provides better security. However, while some web sites support HTTPS protocol, only HTTP is set as default. Some web sites provides HTTPS protocol support but the pages also contain links to unprotected HTTP pages.
Today’s featured browser extension is HTTPS Everywhere, one that forces your Firefox and Chrome web browser to use HTTPS protocol on supported web sites.
HTTPS Everywhere: Auto-rewrite of Requests to HTTPS
HTTPS Everywhere has a Firefox add-on as well as a Chrome extension. What it does is to automatically re-write all requests to unsecured HTTP pages to HTTPS, if HTTPS is supported. Currently over 1400 web sites are supported, on these web sites this tool knows where to enable HTTPS on all supported parts of the site. In other words, HTTPS Everywhere does not create the security features, it only enables them when available, so that you don’t have to find the link to secured log-in or the option to enable HTTPS protocol.
The new Chrome extension is currently in beta version. The Firefox version has one particularly useful feature that is yet to appear in Chrome, Decentralized SSL Observatory. This function, once enabled, detects encryption weaknesses and tells you when you browse a web site with a security vulnerability. In other words, it points out security issued as you surf. This is useful to web surfers as well as web designers who could quickly identify potential security holes.
Official Site: https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere