It’s time to turn on HTTPS: the benefits are well worth the effort
After Edward Snowden revealed that online communications were being collected en masse by some of the world’s most powerful intelligence agencies, security experts called for encryption of the entire web. Four years later, it looks like we’ve passed the tipping point.
The number of websites supporting HTTPS — HTTP over encrypted SSL/TLS connections — has skyrocketed over the past year. There are many benefits to turning on encryption, so if your website not yet support the technology it’s time to make the move.
Recent telemetry data from Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox shows that over 50 percent of web traffic is now encrypted, both on computers and mobile devices. Most of that traffic goes to a few large websites, but even so, it’s a jump of over 10 percentage points since a year ago.