Most of us have our favorite websites that we check in on every day. However, some of the sites that we visit can be a security risk. Luckily, you can eliminate that risk with one of Kim’s favorite free tools: HTTPS Everywhere.
Not sure why you need it? Maybe you think you already have good cybersecurity habits. Just in case, check out Kim’s five rules for success to make sure you’re using the internet safely.
Sometimes, though, good browsing habits aren’t enough to protect yourself from the many digital threats you’ll encounter. Often, websites don’t protect themselves properly with encryption. Sure, banks and financial institutions encrypt their websites — but many domain owners are lazy, which means you need to pick up the slack.
It’s easy when you use HTTPS Everywhere
Get this: Many sites actually do use encryption. But this protection only lasts for a little while. After you sign in, the encryption protection drops.
Just like that, you’re left open and vulnerable to hackers and malicious viruses. Maybe this has already happened to you and your device is in peril. Tap or click here for seven ways to tell if someone has broken into your phone or computer.
Bottom line: You can’t trust your favorite websites to keep you safe. You have to do your due diligence and go above and beyond to protect yourself. Luckily, there’s an easy way to solve this problem.
Just add the browser extension HTTPS Everywhere. It comes from our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group dedicated to helping you stay safe online.
HTTPS Everywhere switches thousands of sites from insecure “http” to secure “https.” It will protect you against many forms of surveillance and account hijacking and some forms of censorship.
It’s easy to install and it keeps your communications secure with major websites. It’s available for free on Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Opera. Do you use Brave or Tor? Then you’re in luck since it automatically comes with both browsers.
To add the HTTPS Everywhere extension to your browser, click the yellow download button that we’ve provided below.