When visiting a website, a person usually leaves a lot of information about himself. And without any measures on the part of the site owner, these personal data may be stolen. If you do not want something of the sort to happen, thing about accessing all sites via the HTTPS technology.
HTTPS Upgrade is a Safari extension that protects your browsing activity by automatically enabling the HTTPS protocol on all websites that you visit. By loading the HTTPS version of websites into your browser, all your traffic will be encrypted, reliable and surveillance free.
Although major websites already encrypt the traffic by using HTTPS, it’s not guaranteed that you use this technology - sometimes is not active by default or some embedded assets are loaded through the default and unencrypted HTTP connections. Also, clicking links can redirect you to the insecure versions of sites. Actually more than 75% of websites out there still rely on unencrypted HTTP communications.
The HTTPS Upgrade extension will fix these problems by rewriting all your requests from HTTP to HTTPS. It will also make sure that the assets from the visited websites (images, styles, scripts or ads) are transferred via the safe HTTPS and no one can steal your cookies, passwords, sessions or private data.
• What is the HTTPS protocol and why should you care?
Did you know that browsing the web in a coffee shop, airport or hotel with free internet access can be dangerous? Even your own home or company internet connection is not safe. This is because the common HTTP web traffic can be intercepted in clear text, inspected and even modified by anyone.
HTTPS has significantly more secure since this protocol will encrypt your communications.
• The benefits of the HTTPS protocol and why should you use it?
- Faster page loading: data sent over HTTPS loads faster since the new HTTP/2 protocol is available in Safari only on encrypted communications
- Confidentiality: no one can read your content, passwords or messages
- Integrity: your traffic cannot be modified - for example, no key-loggers can be injected
- Authentication: your site cannot be routed to a clone without you knowing it
• Is this a VPN service?
No, this extension is not a VPN service, but is very efficient and safe as a VPN. This extension will make sure you are using only HTTPS in your surfing and the usage of HTTPS will make your traffic encrypted, reliable and surveillance free. Also, HTTPS is much faster than a VPN.
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Great alternative to Https everywhere
If you are looking for an extension that works like https everywhere, this is a good one. I have been using it on my mac and iphone and it works great. It redirects all insecure websites to a secure version of them. Also, you can control the options on how it works for all or a single site. If you have problem accesing a site that is using an insecure http protocol only, you can deactivate the extension for that particular site from the extension manager.
I like this extension very much because it does what it has to do. Keep me in the secure side of the web site and block any insecure http connection. It si not a vpn, but works fine with any of them.
Can't activate it!
I bought this app becouse of it's description. But I CAN NOT activate the extension in Safari! I'm runing the latest Catalina version.
I hope the developer is going to fix that soon.
The developer contacted me but he was not able to fix the problem. Instead he offered to asked for a refund. I will not ask for a refund because I think the idea behind the app is great and hope for a update.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your review. Let’s do the entire setup again.
Open HTTPS Now (the app you downloaded from the App Store) and then press the "Enable HTTPS Now" button.
A new window will open and on that window, on the left side press the checkbox near HTTPS Now.
Now the extension is active and you can use it - you can click its button in Safari, near the address bar.
If you cannot see the extension button, please restart your browser, this will solve a lot of problems.
Hope this helps. You can also send me a message to email@example.com if you need more details.
It blocked too much
ESPN would not load. Ancestry would not load.
But worse, Skype for Business Performance suffered.
I removed HTTPS Everywhere and had to delete and reload Skype for Business so it would load and work correctly.
Developer Response ,
I double checked your mentioned sites and everything works fine. If, for example, you have problems with any site, you can choose to add it to the Ignored list. Also, are you sure HTTPS Everywhere was the only extension used in your browser? You can also write me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly provide you with more details.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.