How Do You Get Firefox to Utilize Secure HTTPS Connections by Default?

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Unless you have a particular website bookmarked as such or manually type in https with URLs, far too many websites still automatically default to http instead. How do you get your browser to automatically utilize https connections instead? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some helpful suggestions for a security conscious reader.

Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.

The Question

SuperUser reader Ian Kelling wants to know how you get Firefox to utilize secure HTTPS connections by default:

As an example, when I type superuser.com in Firefox’s address bar, it automatically goes to the HTTP version of the website when I really want the HTTPS version instead (by default).

How do you get Firefox to utilize secure HTTPS connections by default?

The Answer

SuperUser contributors Sibi and Ian Kelling have the answer for us. First up, Sibi:

An option you can try is the HTTPS Everywhere extension that is available for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera. Since it is developed as a collaborative effort between the EFF and TOR project, I tend to trust and believe in this extension. It is also open source and available under the GPLv3 license.

Followed by the answer from Ian Kelling:

There is also another extension for Firefox that works: HTTPS by Default.


Have something to add to the explanation? Sound off in the comments. Want to read more answers from other tech-savvy Stack Exchange users? Check out the full discussion thread here.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .