Mozilla has launched Firefox 100.1.1 out of beta. It provides a brand new setting that permits customers to allow HTTPS-Solely mode.
The choice was first launched in Firefox Nightly a number of weeks in the past, and surprisingly has been delivered to the steady model fairly shortly. I say that it’s shocking as a result of Mozilla normally takes some time to maneuver options from Nightly to the Beta and Steady Channels. e.g. The Pull to refresh gesture for reloading a web page, was added in Firefox Nightly in October 2021, nonetheless hasn’t made its approach in to the general public launch.
HTTPS-Solely mode will not be enabled by default in Firefox for Android, however you’ll be able to toggle the choice in simply a few faucets.
How you can allow HTTP-Solely mode in Firefox for Android
1. Open the Firefox app’s Settings menu.
2. Scroll down the web page to achieve the Privateness and Safety part.
3. Faucet on the choice that’s labeled “HTTPS-Solely mode”.
4. The browser will swap to a different web page, the place you’ll be able to toggle the setting. You could set it because the default possibility for all tabs, or solely the tabs that you just open in HTTPS mode.
That is it, now everytime you kind a URL partially with out the HTTPS prefix, or faucet on a hyperlink that usually takes you to the HTTP model of a web site, Firefox will drive the web page to load the HTTPS model of the location. It will assist defend customers from being spied on by third-parties, and land on real websites with SSL certificates as a substitute of a faux banking web site or one thing.
What about web sites that do not help HTTPS?
Some websites nonetheless use the HTTP (Hypertext switch protocol), although it has been confirmed to be insecure, and susceptible to hackers. However, blocking entry to such portals would end in backlash from customers. You could not imagine it, however many Governments, Faculties, and Workplaces world wide nonetheless have HTTP web sites, which might be why Firefox for Android is not going to stop the web page from loading. It’d even be misunderstood as censorship.
Once you run into a web site that does not help HTTPS, the browser will show a warning message that reads “Safe Website Not Accessible”. It reveals 2 choices, the primary one is Go Again (Beneficial), selecting which is able to make the browser soar to the earlier web page you had been on. Should you do not thoughts that the location will not be safe, you’ll be able to ignore the warning, and faucet on the “Proceed to HTTPS Website”, to load the web page utilizing an unencrypted connection to the server.
The introduction of native help for HTTPS-Solely mode basically nullifies the HTTPS In every single place extension, so in the event you’re utilizing the add-on, you might need to uninstall it.
Observe: Firefox on the Google Play Retailer continues to be on model 99.2.0, it needs to be up to date quickly. However, in the event you do not need to wait, and in the event you’re comfy with side-loading apps from different sources, you might obtain the Firefox 100.1.1 APK from Mozilla’s GitHub repository. I put in it over the Play Retailer model on my cellphone.
If Mozilla added full help for extensions in Firefox (steady), I might most likely use it as a substitute of the Nightly builds.
What characteristic would you prefer to see in Firefox for Android?