HTTPS Everywhere 2.0 warns about websites security holes

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has launched HTTPS Everywhere version 2.0, a new major release for the Firefox extension designed to protect Internet users privacy and security on-line. The newest version brings a very much welcomed additional feature that will make web browsing even more secure and trustworthy.

HTTPS Everywhere usually works by switching site navigation to secure, encrypted mode when available, following “carefully crafted rules” for turning a HTTP connection into a HTTPS one “whenever possible”. The tool supports more than 1.400 websites and was first launched in 2010 in collaboration with the Tor Project.

The optional, extra feature of HTTPS Everywhere 2.0 is called “Decentralized SSL Observatory”, and is designed to warn users when a web site contain a known security vulnerability. This way users will be aware of “the information they need to protect themselves”, EFF states.

Furthermore, the new HTTPS Everywhere version brings a new beta release for users of Google Chrome – even though this particular version doesn’t include the Decentralized SSL Observatory feature yet. HTTPS Everywhere for Firefox (and Chrome) is available with translations in 12 different languages at this address on the EFF website.

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I've been using this addon for Firefox for a while and it simply works. It's great to see a Chrome extension as well, even though a few like it already exist.

A while ago, Chrome had an issue which prevented similar extensions from redirecting to HTTPS before any unencrypted data was sent. I wonder if they fixed that issue, as it seems to redirect without any delay.