Installing HTTPS Everywhere Firefox Add-on

Installing HTTPS Everywhere Mozilla Firefox add-on increases your Internet web surfing security by always using secure communications, if available, between your web browser and the website you are visiting.

Many websites offer both the insecure way (HTTP) and secure way (HTTPS) to access them, but only advertise the insecure way (HTTP). This is often because they don't know how to configure and manage web sites and focus only on the website content without paying attention to their visitors' security.

When you visit such a website, Firefox will connect to the insecure version (HTTP) because that is the version the website is advertising. To connect to the secure version (HTTPS) of the website, you would have to change the URL (website link) in the Firefox address bar from http://somewebsite to https://somewebsite.

This is no way to surf! Luckily, there is a better way.

Installing HTTPS Everywhere Add-on

With the HTTPS Everywhere add-on (extension) installed, you will always be connecting to the secure version (HTTPS) of the website you are visiting. It automatically detects if the website offers a secure version (HTTPS) and instructs Firefox to use it.

The secure version (HTTPS) of the website you are visiting uses scrambled (encrypted) communications between Mozilla Firefox and the website. In this case a third party Internet thief cannot intercept the text going back-and-forth between your Firefox and the website. This is especially important for sensitive private information like usernames and passwords.

By installing HTTPS Everywhere you will always know that your web communications are as secure as possible, because Firefox will always use the secure version (HTTPS) of the website if it is available.

HTTPS Everywhere was created by The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, two incredible projects that make the online world a much better (and much more secure) place.

Although this guide is for installing HTTPS Everywhere on Windows 10, Mac and Linux are very similar. Some naming conventions may be different, but overall, it is still the same web browser.

Installing HTTPS Everywhere takes eight (8) simple steps.

1) Open Firefox Configuration Options

Open Firefox, then click on the "hamburger" icon (upper right corner), and select "Add-ons".

2) Search for HTTPS Everywhere

Step 1: "Extensions" (left menu)

Step 2: You're now on the "Add-ons Manager" configuration page. In the search box, search for https everywhere.

3) Click on HTTPS Everywhere

You will get many results. Click on "HTTPS Everywhere" (made by EFF Technologists), it is usually the top result.

4) Add HTTPS Everywhere to Firefox

You are now on the HTTPS Everywhere installation page. Click on "Add to Firefox".

5) Allow Permissions

Firefox will ask you to allow three permissions in order to install HTTPS Everywhere. Click on "Add".

6) Allow HTTPS Everywhere to Run in Private Windows

Select "Allow this extension to run in Private Windows" and click on "Okay, Got It".

7) Close HTTPS Everywhere Installation Tab

Installing HTTPS Everywhere extension in your Firefox is now complete. Close the "HTTPS Everywhere" installation tab.

8) Confirm HTTPS Everywhere Is Installed

You're now back at the "Add-ons Manager" where you can manage your add-ons (extensions). If you see "HTTPS Everywhere" under the Enabled extensions section, it means it was successfully installed.

9) Congratulations!

You have successfully installed HTTPS Everywhere add-on in your Firefox. Surf on and enjoy improved Internet web browsing security!

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