EFF Tool Offers New Protection Against 'Firesheep'
Nov 24, 2010, 05:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a new
version of HTTPS Everywhere, a security tool that offers enhanced
protection for Firefox browser users against "Firesheep" and other
exploits of webpage security flaws.
"HTTPS secures web browsing by encrypting both requests from
your browser to websites and the resulting pages that are
displayed. Without HTTPS, your online reading habits and activities
are vulnerable to eavesdropping, and your accounts are vulnerable
"Unfortunately, while many sites on the web offer some limited
support for HTTPS, it is often difficult to use. Websites may
default to using the unencrypted, and therefore vulnerable, HTTP
protocol or may fill HTTPS pages with insecure HTTP references.
EFF's HTTPS Everywhere tool uses carefully crafted rules to switch
sites from HTTP to HTTPS."