At a Glance
- Keeps you safe at popular Web sites; extremely easy to use; free
Protect yourself from hackers at popular Web sites such as Facebook.
Note: This review addresses v0.9.0 of the
The Web is an insecure place and getting more insecure all the
time. The latest threat, the Firesheep
add-in for Firefox, is particularly dangerous because it is
exceedingly simple to use. Someone with absolutely no hacking
experience can grab your private login information to sites such as
Facebook and Amazon, and then log in as you and do anything they
want, as if they were you. The free Firefox add-in HTTPS Everywhere
helps protect against that threat and other privacy invaders by
effectively encrypting information when you visit certain Web
A collaboration between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and
the Tor Project (which employs a network and free software
to help protect people’s privacy), HTTPS Everywhere ensures that
when you visit certain sites, all of your communications are
encrypted and secure.
To use it, all you need to do is install it. Once you do that,
HTTPS Everywhere does its work invisibly. Among the sites it works
on are Facebook, Twitter, Google Search, Wikipedia, Paypal, the New
York Times, the Washington Post, and others. It works only when the
sites themselves use the HTTPS protocol, and works only on a group
of specific sites. So it won’t protect you everywhere. And it won’t
protect you when you use other Internet services, such as an
instant messaging client, or use client-based email such as
For a more comprehensive security tool, you’ll want to use a
Virtual Private Network, such as the free Hotspot Shield, or
the for-pay AlwaysVPN. But
for quick-and-easy free protection at popular Web sites, HTTPS
Everywhere is a great choice.
Note: This link automatically installs the file
from the developer’s site into your Firefox browser.