HTTPS is a web protocol that enables more secure browsing. Most websites have already transitioned to HTTPS, but some websites still use the old HTTP protocol, and are therefore less secure. Most web browsers allow you to enable HTTPS-Only mode to ensure you are only browsing the more secure protocol. Use the instructions below to enable HTTPS-Only mode in your browser.
How to enable Chrome HTTPS-Only mode
- Open a Google Chrome browser.
- Click on the menu ⋮ at the top right corner and select Settings.
- Click on Security in the Privacy and security tab.
- Scroll down to Advanced Settings and switch the toggle button by Always use secure connections to On.
- In versions of Chrome that are older than Chrome 94, paste chrome://flags/#https-only-mode-setting into the browser and then restart the browser.
- After enabling HTTPS-only mode, you will see a warning message when entering unsecure HTTP websites. If you trust the website, click on Continue to site, and if not, click on Go back.
How to enable Firefox HTTPS-Only mode
- Open Firefox.
- Click on the Menu ☰ at the top-right corner and select Settings.
- Type HTTPS in the settings search box.
- Click on the radio button next to Enable HTTPS-Only Mode in all windows.
Note: You can click on the manage extensions button to add specific URLs that you want to exclude from https browsing.
How to enable Microsoft Edge HTTPS-Only mode
- Open Edge browser and type edge://flags.
- Set the toggle button by Automatic HTTPS’ to On and restart the browser.
- Click on the Menu … in Edge and select Settings.
- In the Privacy, search, and services section, switch the toggle for Automatically switch to more secure connections with Automatic HTTPS to On.
- Switch the toggle button by Always switch from HTTP to HTTPS (connection errors might occur more often) to On.
How to switch on HTTPS-Only Mode in Safari
Safari does not have a HTTPS only mode, but it will automatically switch sites from HTTP to HTTPS if available.