Google has announced that 64% of traffic on its Chrome browser is now secured with HTTPS, which is an increase from 42% last.
You would recall that just about a year ago the company announced marking of sites which collects passwords and credit card as “not secure” that are not encrypted with HTTPS. This decision would turn out o be just the motivation site’s owner needed to improve the security of their site This decision has apparently been a fruitful one, if the report is anything to go by with.
According to Emily Schechter, Chrome Security Product Manager, “security has always been one of Chrome’s core principles—we constantly work to build the most secure web browser to protect our users”. This came as in furtherance to some studies which concluded that Chrome was the most secure web browser in multiple aspects of security, with high rates of catching dangerous and deceptive sites, lightning-fast patching of vulnerabilities, and multiple layers of defenses.
Emily also announced that over 75 percent of Chrome traffic on both ChromeOS and Mac is now protected, which is an increase from 60 percent on Mac and 67 percent on Chrome OS just a year ago. The report equally says that 71 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default, another increase up from 37 just a year ago.
Chrome seem committed to its effort to help site owners migrate to a secure socket layer. This, it champions through Let’s Encrypt, a free and automated certificate authority that makes securing websites cheap and easy. It might interest you to know that Chrome is a Platinum sponsor of Let’s Encrypt in 2017.
A full report of the progress made so far by Chrome can be found here.
Can we say that the web is safer than ever? Well, I believe that is what Chrome is passing to us.
HTTPS (HTTP over SSL and HTTP Secure) is a communications protocol for secure communication over a computer network widely used on the internet. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. HTTPS is often used to protect highly confidential online transactions like online banking and online shopping order forms.
Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome also display a padlock icon in the address bar to visually indicate that a HTTPS connection is in effect.
HTTPS consists of communication over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) within a connection encrypted by Transport Layer, or its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer. The main motivation for HTTPS is authentication of the visited site as well as protection of the privacy and integrity of the exchanged data.