All four major browsers replicate HTTPS Everywhere locally.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced last week that the HTTPS Everywhere browser plug-in will be obsolete by 2022. "HTTPS is, in fact, ubiquitous," summarizes engineering director Alexis Hancock.
EFF first launched HTTPS Everywhere — an add-on that automatically upgrades HTTP connections to HTTPS — in 2010 as a countermeasure to a world still accustomed to the idea of encrypting all web browser traffic.
When the plugin was new, most Internet access was plain text - both against harassment and through manipulation by any entity that could communicate between a web browser user and the web servers they interact with. Even banking sites often offer unencrypted connections! Fortunately, the web coding landscape has changed dramatically in the 11 years since then.
We can draw some conclusions by looking at the HTTP Archive Web Status Report. In 2016 - six years after the first launch of HTTPS Everywhere - the HTTP archive logged encrypted connections to less than one site in all four cases crawled. In the next five years, this number increased dramatically - in July, the archives of all 10 sites went through nine sites, via HTTPS. (Google's Transparency Report shows a similar improvement over data provided by Chrome users.) Importantly, automatic upgrades from HTTP to HTTPS are now available in all four major consumer browsers - Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Unfortunately, Safari is still the only major browser. Enforce HTTPS traffic by default - which may have announced the EFF's decision to withdraw HTTPS everywhere by next year. Firefox and Chrome both offer a "HTTPS Only" mode that must be enabled by the user, and Edge offers an "Auto HTTPS" test from Edge 92.
If you want to enable HTTPS Only/Automatic, we recommend that you view HTTPS in your browser The one you choose today, which includes step-by-step instructions and animations for each browser. After enabling the native HTTPS upgrade feature for your browser, you can safely disable the soon-to-be-expiring HTTPS Everywhere plugin.
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