Encrypt the Web with HTTPS Everywhere
Aug 08, 2011, 08:00 (2 Talkback[s])
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), in collaboration with
the Tor Project, has launched an official 1.0 version of HTTPS
Everywhere, a tool for the Firefox web browser that helps secure
web browsing by encrypting connections to more than 1,000
HTTPS Everywhere was first released as a beta test version in
June of 2010. Today's 1.0 version includes support for hundreds of
additional websites, using carefully crafted rules to switch from
HTTP to HTTPS. HTTPS protects against numerous Internet security
and privacy problems, including the search hijacking on U.S.
networks that was revealed by an article published today in New
Scientist magazine. The article, entitled "US internet providers
hijacking users' search queries," documents how a company called
Paxfire has been intercepting and altering search traffic on a
number of ISPs' networks. HTTPS can prevent such attacks.