The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released a new version of its HTTPS Everywhere browser extension for the Firefox web browser. The digital rights advocacy organization says that version 3.0 now automatically will redirect users to the more secure HTTPS protocol connection for more than 1,500 web sites that have it available.
First launched in June 2010 as a joint effort between the EFF and the Tor Project, which provides free software and web services that also help protect users' privacy. According to the EFF, HTTPS Everywhere is now used by more than 2.5 million people around the globe. They estimate that this latest version will encrypt "at least a hundred billion page views in the next year, and trillions of individual HTTP requests."