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Security threats have skyrocketed in the last few years, and that only made us more alert while using the internet. And that’s the reason why most people now prefer to use HTTPS instead of HTTP for their websites. But some websites, like StackOverflow, still offer both versions. So how would you force your Chrome Browser to use HTTPS?
Not many users have many ideas about this so I thought writing an article about it will be helpful for most of you guys. So, in this article, I will be explaining the main advantages of HTTPS over HTTP and will show you two methods to force your Chrome browser to use HTTPS. So, let’s get started.
Why Prefer HTTPS Over HTTP?
The main advantage of using HTTPS over HTTP is, obviously, the security. HTTPS has the SSL Certificate (Secure Sockets Layer) which has the main function to authenticate any website’s identity. It also establishes an encrypted link between the website server and the browser.
HTTP doesn’t have such security layers and thus lacks data integrity. Any user would feel more secure in visiting HTTPS rather than HTTP websites for these reasons. So, now that you know the major advantages of HTTPS over HTTP websites, how would you force the Chrome browser to use HTTPS? Let’s check that out.
1. Using Google Settings
Google has some inbuilt settings which you can use. This method is only efficient if you want to force any specific or limited number of websites to HTTPS. So, here are the steps you have to follow.
- Launch Google Chrome.
- Go to Settings > Privacy and security > Security
- Scroll down to find the Advanced section.
- Toggle on the Always use secure connections
- Close the tab.
2. Using Chrome Extension
In this method, we will use a Chrome extension. This method is helpful if you want to force all the websites to redirect over to HTTPS. Follow the below-mentioned steps for it.
- Click on the Chrome extension mentioned above.
- Click on Add to Chrome and then Add Extension.
- Now click on the extension icon in your browser to open it
- Make sure the ‘HTTPS everywhere is ON’ option is turned ON.
And that’s pretty much it. Now all the websites you will visit will be redirected to HTTPS.
Is HTTPS more secure than HTTP?
Yes. HTTPS is more secure than HTTP. HTTPS has the SSL certificate and other encryption features which HTTP lacks.
Are all websites that use HTTPS considered trustworthy?
No. HTTPS cannot alone guarantee any website’s security. It just increases the chances that the website is secure.
How to check if a Website is safe?
You can visit the Google Transparency Report to find out whether the website has hosted any malware in the last 90 days.