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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 10 votes out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.6
  • Total Downloads:
    99,803
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 28, 2016
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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HTTPS Everywhere enhances your Web-browsing security by forcing your Firefox browser to operate in the HTTPS secure encrypted mode. It works invisibly for HTTPS-enabled sites, cooperates with Tor, and allows you to write your own rulesets in XML to better automate the switching of specific sites to their secure version.

Pros

Invisible: We installed HTTPS Everywhere almost instantly and were able to enjoy increased HTTPS security for popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, and 500px. We got into the good habit of checking for HTTPS in the address window even when we were not entering sensitive data for online sales.

Rulesets: Despite the add-on's intention to work with minimal user intervention, we used EFF guidelines to write a couple of rulesets for specific sites. We particularly liked the wildcard feature because in a stroke it widened security in deeper sub-domains that might not be normally covered by the default operation.

Speed: Although some additional checking and processing takes place when sites are opened, we did not feel any noticeable delays.

Cons

Web limitations: HTPPS Everywhere is severely limited by the reality that many sites do not support HTTPS at all. If this bothers you, then resorting to VPN is inevitable.

Option access: We were not able to access the options, including the ruleset tab, via the dropdown menu of the toolbar icon and had to go instead to the Firefox 29.0 main add-on menu.

Bottom Line

HTTPS Everywhere successfully enhances your Firefox browsing security. While it works transparently without your intervention, it allows you to write custom rulesets for better security for particular sites that you frequently use. It is undoubtedly a very helpful tool that is set to evolve as sites and their visitors become ever more security conscious.

 
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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1.6
  • Ruleset fixes
  • Fix bug in Chromium, Firefox to limit FQDN
  • General
    Publisher Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Publisher web site https://www.eff.org/
    Release Date April 28, 2016
    Date Added April 28, 2016
    Version 5.1.6
    Category
    Category Browsers
    Subcategory Firefox Add-ons & Plugins
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
    Additional Requirements Mozilla Firefox
    Download Information
    File Size 2.24MB
    File Name https-everywhere-latest.xpi
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 99,803
    Downloads Last Week 19
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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