EFF: “HTTPS Deployment Growing by Leaps and Bounds…”
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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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.