Making sure that you are connected via https to important websites such as your bank's website, PayPal, your Google account or Facebook, is one of the essential things that Internet users need to do these days to make sure they are safe on the Internet. While not using https often does not mean that you fall prey to a phishing attack or other attack form that got you redirected to an insecure site, it does exactly mean that for websites that only allow https connections.
Many sites on the other hand do not force https on you, giving you options to use http or https when connecting to the service on the Internet. It is those sites that HTTPS Everywhere has been designed for. The main advantage of using https connections is to protect the connection from attacks that record data while it is transmitted. This usually happens from within the same network, e.g. a wireless hotspot, an Internet Cafe, or a university network.
Version 3.0 of the popular add-on for Firefox and Google Chrome has just been released, adding another 1500 sites to the list of sites that it supports, effectively doubling the number of websites. Version 3.0 has been released for the Firefox web browser, while Google Chrome's version is still listed as an alpha version by the EFF, the creators of the extension.
You may also notice that the Firefox version is offered directly on the EFF website, while the Chrome version is only available on Chrome's Web Store. Why is that you may ask, and the best explanation that I have is that it has something to do with the blocking of third-party extension installations in Chrome. There may very well be a different explanation for this, and I'd really like to hear it so fire away in the comments if you know why that is the case.
You can take a look at the list of supported sites in the preferences. Firefox users need to enter about:addons in the address bar of the browser, and click on the options button next to the HTTPS Everywhere listing on the page.
You can enable or disable the enforcement of https for all sites listed here. You can download the latest version of HTTPS Everywhere 3.0 from the official website. The Chrome version offered there links to the Chrome Web Store. The Chrome version has been updated on the same day, which seems to indicate that it has received the same update, even though it is listed as an alpha version.
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