Recently, we have published a detailed guide on staying anonymous online while browsing. But, the methods involved will probably reduce your browsing speed. So, if you think it is not for you and you just need to browse securely, then HTTPS Everywhere is the Add-On that you need for your browser. HTTPS Everywhere Add-On will work on all popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. This Add On is also available for Mozilla Firefox of Android version.
Working Of HTTPS Everywhere
HTTPS Everywhere works by forcing an encrypted connection between the browsers and the website that the users visit. Not all sites that you visit has an encrypted standard that uses “https” where ‘S’ stands for security. So, the security is minimal when it comes to other sites that does not use “https”. For this reason, HTTPS Everywhere will automatically secure the web pages you visit by encrypting them.
Why Should You Get HTTPS Everywhere?
There are many reasons for using HTTPS Everywhere. Few of the important reasons are listed below:-
- For browsing securely.
- It will protect you from surveillance.
- It will prevent your accounts from getting hacked.
- It will help you in few cases of censorship.
You can easily get HTTPS Everywhere on your computer. If you are looking to use HTTPS Everywhere on your Android device, then you can follow the steps mentioned below.
How To Browse Securely Using HTTPS Everywhere On Android Device?
Step 1: Install Mozilla Firefox from the Google Play Store directly on your Android device by searching for ‘Firefox Browser For Android’. Click on the icon and then tap on ‘Install.’ Make sure the developer is ‘Mozilla’.
Step 2: Open Firefox on your Android device.
Step 3: Browse ‘http://www.eff.org/https-everywhere’. Click on the green robot that you see on the screen.
Step 4: A warning saying, “Firefox prevented this site (www.eff.org) from asking you to install software on your device” will appear on the screen. Ignore the warning and click on ‘Allow’.
Step 5: Restart Firefox to browse securely using HTTPS Everywhere.
The HTTPS Everywhere Add On extension will be visible on the right side of your browser as a blue icon. A padlock will be visible in the middle part from where arrows will radiate in and will radiate out. This icon will give you the confidence that you are browsing securely using HTTPS Everywhere. Click on that icon if you want to close HTTPS Everywhere for any individual website.
How To Browse Securely Using HTTPS Everywhere In Your Computer?
Follow the steps mentioned below to enjoy HTTPS Everywhere in your computer.
Step 1: Open the EEF’s homepage for HTTPS Everywhere.
Step 2: Click on the tab that states, “Install in Firefox.”
Step 3: Click on ‘Allow’ at the pop-up message that appears on the screen.
Step 4: Click on ‘Install.’
Step 5: Restart your Firefox browser to complete the installation process.
You are done now! You can now browse securely using HTTPS Everywhere in your computer.
Please note that when you are using HTTPS Everywhere to browse securely, few website might appear broken or weird but there is nothing to worry about it. You can switch off HTTPS Everywhere for any website whenever you want to view the website in a normal manner. The latest version of HTTPS Everywhere is 2016.2.18. It was last updated on February 19, 2016. HTTPS Everywhere will occupy only a tiny bit of space, which is 1.32 MB. If you have felt the security that HTTPS Everywhere provides when you are browsing, then don’t forget to recommend HTTPS Everywhere to your friends. Few bugs are inevitable as HTTPS Everywhere is available in Chrome in beta. But that issue will be solved in a short interval of time and till then enjoy secure browsing using HTTPS Everywhere in Mozilla Firefox.