Introducing the HTTPS Now Campaign by EFF and Access
Article by George Norman
On 21 Apr 2011
Browsing on a HTTPS connection is advisable as you are in fact browsing on a secure, encrypted connection that cannot be snooped on. People with malicious intent cannot gain access to the data you send over the web. Using an encrypted HTTPS connection is advisable especially if you browse the web on a public network

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a donor-supported membership organization working to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology, wants to raise awareness about the benefits of browsing on an encrypted HTTPS connection and that is why in partnership with Access it launched the “HTTPS Now” campaign. As part of this campaign the EFF wants users to take an active role in protecting internet security and would like to see the wide deployment of HTTPS. Users are asked to rally and help the EFF make surfing the web safer.

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"We've heard a lot about how malicious tools like Firesheep can be used to steal data, including passwords for email and social networking accounts," said EFF Activist Eva Galperin. "HTTPS Now is aimed at protecting users from attacks like these by spreading the word about HTTPS and how to use it correctly. HTTPS provides the minimum level of security for websites. Without it, no site can make any meaningful security or privacy guarantees to its users."

Some sites provide HTTPS support, others do not. To make sure you are always on a secure HTTPS connection you could get the HTTPS Everywhere add-on for Mozilla’s Firefox browser. Developed by the EFF and the Tor Project, this add-on forces full-session HTTPS connections (whenever possible).

About the “some sites provide HTTPS support, others do not” part I mentioned above. The EFF, as part of the HTTPS Now campaign, has put together detailed resources for website operators who want to deploy HTTPS. The resources explain why it is important for website operators to implement HTTPS.



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