Google Chrome HTTPS Everywhere extension secures the websites you visit

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Browser security is very important nowadays since there are many malware programs that can infect your computer through a poorly secured browser. In order to prevent such unpleasant situations, you should use additional tools to enhance your browser’s security level.

There are many reliable antivirus programs for browsers that you can choose from. However, if you prefer a simple solution, you can also install a security extension on your browser.

Google Chrome HTTPS Everywhere extension

HTTPS Everywhere is an extension that automatically switches the website that you’re visiting from “http” to the more secure “https“. In this manner, the extension protects you against surveillance and account hijacking attempts as well as some censorship.

HTTPS Everywhere encrypts your connection with many major websites, better securing your browsing experience since there are many encrypted pages that link to unencrypted websites. The HTTPS Everywhere extension uses special algorithms to rewrite the requests to these sites to HTTPS.

Still, HTTPS Everywhere may cause websites to look weird or even break. If a “shield” button appears in the address bar, this means that Chrome has blocked insecure portions of the page.

Sometimes, pages will look weird with their insecure portions removed. If this happens, you can disable the extension for that site using the button in the right-hand corner of the address bar. However, this reduces your security and privacy. As you can see on the picture below, HTTPS Everywhere doesn’t display images correctly.

Google Chrome HTTPS Everywhere extension

HTTPS Everywhere is the result of joint collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the same NGO that criticized Microsoft’s aggressive upgrade practices and released the Privacy Badger 2.0 extension. HTTPS Everywhere for Chrome is still work in progress, but the extension is reliable and stable enough for everyday usage.

You can download HTTPS Everywhere from the Google Web Store.

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