The famous HTTPS Everywhere web browser extension goes down in history

The Foundation for Electronic Borders (EFF) announced that it is preparing to withdraw famous HTTPS web browser extension Everywhere after which several of the most popular web browsers have introduced “HTTPS only” mode.

From the beginning of next year, the extension will be in “maintenance mode”, said Alexis Hancock, Director of Engineering at EFF. The maintenance mode means that the popular extension will receive minor bug fixes next year, but without new features or further development. There is no official date when the delivery of the update will be completely suspended.

Launched in June 2010, the HTTPS Everywhere extension is one of the most successful browser extensions ever released. HTTPS Everywhere automatically switches connections from HTTP to HTTPS if websites have the HTTPS option available. At the time it was published, it helped upgrade HTTPS links when users clicked on HTTP links or typed domains in their browser without specifying the “https: //” prefix.

The extension has gained cult status among privacy advocates and has been integrated into Tor Browser, and subsequently into many other browsers that take privacy into account.

Since 2010, the situation has changed significantly, so that currently about 86.6% of all Internet sites support HTTPS connections.

Browser manufacturers such as Chrome and Firefox have reported that HTTPS traffic typically makes up 90% to 95% of their daily connections.

Last year, several major browser manufacturers introduced “HTTPS only” mode, where the browser tries to upgrade the connection from HTTP to HTTPS itself or displays an error message to users if an HTTPS connection is not found, doing essentially what HTTPS Everywhere did more than one decades.

HTTPS-only mode is now available in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Apple’s Safari.

In a report released in March this year, Mozilla said Firefox upgraded HTTP to HTTPS for only 3.5% of the websites users tried to access.

The browser manufacturer said that 92.8% of web pages are already loaded via HTTPS connections, which is a sign that HTTPS is now ubiquitous and that is why EFF is now preparing to slowly end one of its most successful projects.

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