Https encryption is the common encryption method used by many of the websites to ensure security of the data transferred to and from your computer while accessing these sites. They are especially useful, when you are accessing these sites on a public place and through some public Wifi network.
But many times users are unaware about the availability of secured connection https on a particular website. Some of the websites automatically redirect you to the encrypted page, but some of the websites do not do it for you automatically.
In such cases you have to type https:// specifically to reach the encryption enabled pages. And if you forget to use https:// then you are taken to the usual non-encrypted page.
How to Enforce Encrypted Access to Websites using https://
If you are using Firefox as a browser, then there is a simple firefox addon, Https Everywhere, which does the job automatically. It checks whether the https://version of the page you have requested, is available or not. If it is available, and it is identical to the webpage requested by you, then it automatically redirects your browser to the encrypted version.
This useful firefox addon is still in its beta and is currently available for a limited number of websites as given below.
- Google Search
- The New York Times
- The Washington Post
Compensating for the limited set of websites to be accessed, it allows you to write your own set of rules easily.
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