Trying to reset the net to privacy | ZDNet

Be that as it may, the group is urging all web site owners to start adopting SSL to protect users from surveillance. This is far from a new idea. The Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF has been encouraging Web sites and users to adopt SSL for years. In 2010, the EFF released HTTPS Everywhere. This is a browser extension that forces popular Web sites to connect to you, if possible, with SSL, Transport Layer Security TLS, or TLS/SSL over HTTP HTTPS.Specifically, Reset the Net wants web users and developers to use SSL, TLS, and HTTPS. In addition, they want everyone to adopt the less well-supported HTTP Strict Transport Security HSTS, a web security policy tool, which forces HTTPS connections, and Perfect Forward Secrecy PFS, a public key encryption program. The EFF claims that if sites used PFS even security holes as bad as Heartbleed wouldn’t leave users’ private messages vulnerable to attacks.”HTTPS, HSTS, and PFS are powerful tools that make mass spying much more difficult,” the groups said on its site. “Until web sites use them, we’re sunk: agencies like the NSA can spy on everything. Once they’re ubiquitous, mass surveillance is much harder and more precarious — even if you’re the NSA.”

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