The new technology era might bring fruitful results, but it has awakened an issue that clouds these achievements. This problem regards personal privacy within the digital world. On the other hand, the good news is that half of web publishers decided to encrypt their assets with HTTPS. This protocol makes sure any communication over a computer network is safe and secure. The volume of data that is exchanged whenever an authentication takes place enjoys privacy and integrity. The good news means that half of the web can now protect users against eavesdropping, cookie stealing, hijacking, and censorship.
As of earlier this week, experts started to notice an improvement in the security layers of the web. Their speculations were confirmed by a report that the Electronic Frontier Foundation published this week. The paper is based on the data released by web browsers such as Firefox and Google Chrome. These two used data from users that chose to share their personal details to understand the evolution of the standard HTTPS encryption protocol.
For a too long time, web publishers relied on HTTPS protocol only for a narrow list of site types such as those that require passwords or credit card numbers. However, as of recently half of them came to understand that web users are entitled to privacy and security no matter the format of the pages they access. The main threat is the content injection. Not only hackers, but companies use this too to learn more about their customers. For instance, Verizon turned to content injection into requests made by their clients.
Thus, Mozilla found out that as of February 21st, 51.3% of its web pages are protected by HTTPS protocol. As for Chrome, the web browser disclosed the fact that little over half of its websites are loading with this encryption across all types of operating systems. This movement was supported even by the Obama administration. The former president requested all websites under .org domain to move to HTTPS by the end of last year. Even though this didn’t happen, the General Services is still trying to implement this directive.
While the other half of the Internet is still an unsafe territory, users can take the matter into their own hands. For instance, they can use the add-on from EFF called HTTPS Everywhere that can force HTTP website to offer HTTPS pages only.
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