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Title pretty much sums my request up.  It's frustrating that all web traffic isn't encrypted, and it would be nice if Alfred wasn't part of the problem.  Yes, I realize I can put the protocol in as part of Alfred input (e.g. https://website.com), but that kinda defeats the 'shortcut' nature of Alfred.  At the very least, create a checkbox along the lines of "use https" in the Web Search Preferences so people can opt-in.

 

Oh, and in case it wasn't apparent, I love Alfred.  That's why I'm hoping you make it even better.

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Title pretty much sums my request up.  It's frustrating that all web traffic isn't encrypted, and it would be nice if Alfred wasn't part of the problem.  Yes, I realize I can put the protocol in as part of Alfred input (e.g. https://website.com), but that kinda defeats the 'shortcut' nature of Alfred.  At the very least, create a checkbox along the lines of "use https" in the Web Search Preferences so people can opt-in.

 

Oh, and in case it wasn't apparent, I love Alfred.  That's why I'm hoping you make it even better.

 

 

Hi David,

 

As so many websites aren't configured to support this, Alfred can't assume that sending you to an https:// URL will resolve correctly. You'll find many websites simply won't load when you go to the https:// version of it, as they don't support it. 

 

So while we'd like to do this, it isn't possible at this point and the responsibility needs to lie with the web browsers using the HTTP Strict Transport Security (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Strict_Transport_Security).

 

Having said that, we've used https:// URLs for all default web searches we provide where it's supported, and all of Alfred's own traffic is https. :)

 

Cheers,

Vero

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You could create a workflow with a very short keyword, say :, and pass the rest of the query to an Open URL Action https://{query}.

IMO, for any site where HTTPS is relevant, it's up to the operator to automatically redirect any HTTP traffic to HTTPS. It's so simple to do. Literally one line in your .htaccess or nginx configuration.

Admittedly, certificates are a bit of a pain.

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  • 5 years later...

Hi! Now that we're in 2021 and most of the web is secured with https, maybe it's time for a change? Would be a great security update and/or option for users still using Alfred 3. 😊

And for Alfred 4 if it isn't already implemented. 😊

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18 hours ago, ssssaaaa said:

And for Alfred 4 if it isn't already implemented. 😊

 

Alfred 4 does default to HTTPS.

 

There's approximately zero chance of Alfred 3 getting updated. Development on it ceased over two years ago.

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