From the Electronic Frontier Foundation:
By some measures, more than half of page loads in Firefox and in Chrome are now secured with HTTPS—the first time this has ever happened in the Web’s history. That’s right: for the first time ever, most pages viewed on the Web were encrypted! (As another year-in-review post will discuss, browsers are also experimenting with and rolling out stronger encryption technologies to better protect those connections.)
A sizeable part of the growth in HTTPS came from very large hosting providers that decided to make HTTPS a default for sites that they host, including OVH, WordPress.com, Shopify, Tumblr,Squarespace, and many others. Sites they host, and visitors to those sites, can get a boost in security without having to do anything. (And we’re getting ongoing benefits from providers like CloudFlare who made the switch in previous years.) A single hosting provider’s decision can result in enabling encryption for hundreds of thousands or millions of customers; we hope others will take the plunge too!
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