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HTTPS By Default Headed Toward Users

ONLINE PRIVACY

March 22, 2012

A Firefox bug that allowed users' search queries to be easily observed has been fixed, according to Mozilla. The bug was discovered by privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian last year, who reported to Mozilla that anyone with Deep Packet Inspection tools--namely ISPs and governments--could easily view a users' HTTP connections. Mozilla has since enabled HTTPS by default, "thereby making privacy protection available to all users of its browser," the report states. A Mozilla spokesperson said it is testing the change and it may be a few months before Firefox users see it. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been encouraging such changes via its HTTPS Everywhere campaign, InformationWeek reports.
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