Do you want to make the Internet a safer place? Maybe this is something for you.
Internet activists, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Access have teamed to launch HTTPS Now, an international campaign aimed at soliciting consumers to help make web surfing safer. HTTPS Now comprises three initiatives:
- Individuals are encouraged to use HTTPS Everywhere, a security tool for Firefox that automatically encrypts the user’s browsing session by changing from HTTP to HTTPS whenever possible,
- Individuals are asked to complete the HTTPS Now survey advising whether a site uses HTTPS and how it has been implemented, and
- Website operators are encouraged to use selected resources to learn how and why to deploy HTTPS correctly. See “More information & Other Resources” at HTTPS Now.
Proper deployment of HTTPS can limit the impact of malicious tools such as Firesheep which can be used to compromise email or social network accounts.