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Firefox extension offers encryption for Facebook, Twitter, others
Category : General 23 Jun 2010 10:29 AM | Industry News
There is a new Firefox extension that offers to encrypt your sessions with popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, and others offering some extra session security for users who are feeling the need for security.
The advocacy organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tor Project jointly developed this extension, the first of its kind. The Tor Project develops free software to help you defend against forms of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy.
The Firefox add-on works by encrypting the session using the HTTPS protocol, though it warns that if your address bar is not colored in, and the browser does not display an unbroken lock symbol at the bottom right, something is keeping the encryption from working.
The extension works with a number of popular sites: Facebook, Twitter, Google Search, Wikipedia, The New York Times, The Washington Post, PayPal, EFF, Tor, and Ixquick. Security experts are quick to point out that the extension will not hide all of a user’s data, including their IP address.