New Ways to Stay Safe on the Internet

Lincoln Mead has some fresh ideas on Internet security in the ABA’s Law Practice Magazine. Here’s one that was new to me:

Web sessions come in two flavors: “http” and “https.” The latter is the important one as it designates that your connection to a Web server is encrypted. By default, the Web server will provide unencrypted “http.” You can force your browser to use “https” by installing a small browser plug-in. In Chrome and Firefox, use HTTPS Everywhere (https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere). However, in Internet Explorer and in Safari, no option currently exists to force “https.”

One consideration for forcing “https” is that it can affect the speed of the browser, as the tool tries to complete an “https” connection to services that may not offer such access.

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