How to Enable HTTPS Everywhere in Web Browsers?

Mohammad Aayan

The concept of HTTPS mode is being adapted in web browsers to provide additional security. If your browser doesn’t have this feature yet, here are the alternate methods to enable them.

Enable HTTPS Everywhere in Web Browsers

HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure and is the upgraded (secured) version of the old HTTP mode. This protocol is used to create a secure connection between a web browser and a website to send and receive the data. HTTPS mode plays a crucial role in preventing any third party from injecting bad contents or malware, and spyware.

Nowadays the web browsers (such as Firefox) are providing HTTPS features that enforce all websites to communicate over HTTPS connection only. However, few browsers are not providing any inbuilt HTTPS features. Even a number of sites are still using HTTP mode, and it becomes dangerous when your browser doesn’t have any HTTPS mode features. This is why we need to know about HTTPS Everywhere and how to enable it on web browsers

HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is a web browser extension developed by Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Tor Project. This extension helps to encrypt communication between websites and browsers and thus making the browser more secure. The extension is available for both desktop and mobile. For desktop, it is available for all major browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Brave, Tor, Edge and, Opera.

For android devices, HTTPS Everywhere is available for Firefox, Brave, and Tor. For iOS devices, it is available only in Brave and Onion browsers.

Enable HTTPS Everywhere in Browsers


1. Google Chrome

Chrome browser doesn’t have inbuilt enforcing HTTPS features. We can enable it by installing an HTTPS Everywhere extension from Chrome Web Store. Once installed, open it from the Extensions icon (big S icon) and turn on the below-listed two settings.

  1. HTTPS Everywhere
  2. Encrypt All Sites Eligible
Enable HTTPS Everywhere in Chrome Browser

2. Firefox

There are two ways to enable HTTPS mode in Firefox. One is using the extension and another one is using Firefox’s inbuilt “HTTPS -Only Mode”. Firefox introduces this feature in its 83rd version of updates.

To use HTTPS Everywhere through extension, install it by visiting EFF’s official website. Once downloaded and installed, add it to your Firefox browser. A big S icon will show up in the top right corner of the browser. Click on it and turn on the below-listed two settings.

  1. HTTPS Everywhere
  2. Encrypt All Sites Eligible
Enable HTTPS Everywhere in Firefox Browser

To use Firefox’s inbuilt HTTPS-Only Mode, type “about:preferences#privacy” in the new tab of Firefox browser and hit enter. Privacy & Security page will appear, scroll down to below HTTPS-Only Mode menu.

Click on Enable HTTPS-Only Mode in all windows options.

Enable HTTPS Only Mode in Firefox Browser

3. Brave

Brave browser has already included the HTTPS Everywhere feature. This feature comes directly from the extension but we don’t need to install the extension. Simply type “brave://settings/shields” and look for “Upgrade connections to HTTPS” menu. Turn it on by pressing the button.

Enable HTTPS Only Mode in Brave Browser

4. Microsoft Edge

To enable HTTPS Everywhere in Edge, install it by visiting Microsoft Edge Add-ons. Once downloaded and installed, add it to your Edge browser. A big S icon will show up in the top right corner of the browser. Click on it and turn on the below-listed two settings.

  1. HTTPS Everywhere
  2. Encrypt All Sites Eligible
Enable HTTPS Everywhere in Edge Browser

By following above mentioned steps, we have enabled HTTPS Everywhere in our favourite browser. Any time if you feel something is wrong or webpage is not working properly, try by disabling it or set your own custom rules.

Follow all the security and privacy settings of any browsers, and also customize it based on your experience. Maximum security and privacy ensure that no other than you interfering with your webpages and no one is spying on you. In future, most of the browsers will have this HTTPS mode features, or if not, we already have enabled it.


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