Vivaldi web browser is definitely the most favored web browser when it comes to new and innovative features. It brings new exciting features not only with the major version updates but also with minor updates. In the latest version update, the Vivaldi developers have added a new feature using which we can force all websites to use HTTPS protocol always. If a website is running on a non-secure server (without SSL certificate) then it will display errors and won’t open that website.
Such features exist and can be enabled in the Mozilla Firefox browser using certain add-ons. But in Vivaldi this feature is built-in and the users do not have to deal with the extensions of any kind for this feature. Here is how you can enable this feature in Vivaldi web browser:
- Launch Vivaldi web browser and press the Ctrl+F12 hotkey to open the settings. Alternatively, you can click on the Vivaldi icon and choose Settings from the menu that appears.
- In the settings window, select Address Bar from the left side list of categories.
- Scroll down to find a section Security Features. Select the checkbox labeled Always Use Secure Connection (HTTPS).
- Close the settings window.
From now on Vivaldi will try to open a give URL using its secure connection over HTTPS. Even if you supply an insecure URL (that begins with http://), Vivaldi will try to open it using HTTPS by changing http:// to https:// automatically.
But there are some webpages or entire websites that are still using insecure connections. Most of these websites are hosted on old government or university servers where nobody really cares about some old server that is still online. When Vivaldi encounters such insecure webpages that cannot be accessed over the HTTPS, it shows an error and gives an option to continue to the insecure URL if desired by the user.