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www.<website>.com in location bar creates http://www.<website>.com, not httpS://www.<website>.com

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When I key www.<website>.com in location bar and hit enter, Firefox uses http://www.<website>.com, not httpS://www.<website>.com, to find the website. Most of the time the http:// version does not resolve to a website. It just hunts and hunts and hunts. This same thing happens many times when I click on a link in gmail which I open in Firefox.

Since we are all supposed to be using httpS:// these days, why doesn't Firefox default to https://?

Is there some setting that I'm missing?

Thanks, Caitlin

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Hi Caitlin, usually web servers are configured to redirect http requests to https if they support https. On the other hand, if a server cannot handle https, then it won't be able to redirect to http because Firefox will never successfully connect. So for now, browsers generally try http first.

There is an experimental setting that upgrades http addresses to https, but I haven't tested it myself. If you want to see what effect it has, here is how to try it:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk.

(2) In the search box in the page, type or paste https and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the dom.security.https_only_mode preference to switch the value from false to true

If that breaks too many things, double-click again to switch it back.

More info on about:config: Configuration Editor for Firefox.

If you try it, let us know what you think.

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