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Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:46

More than 50% of Web traffic is encrypted: EFF

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More than half of the traffic on the Web is now protected by encryption, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organisation dedicated to protecting civil liberties online.

The milestone was reached earlier this month, the EFF said in a statement.

It quoted figures from Mozilla that showed the volume of encrypted traffic on Firefox exceeded the quantum of unencrypted traffic.

Google's figures for its Chrome browser showed a similar spread, showing that more than half the pages loaded across different operating systems were protected by HTTPS.

Using encryption makes it easier to avoid eavesdropping, content hijacking, cookie theft and censorship, the EFF said.

The organisation said it had been pushing for encryption across the Web since 2010. Facebook and Twitter implemented HTTPS by default and this was followed by Wikipedia and other highly-trafficked sites.

The EFF had joined with the Tor Project, which produces the Tor browser, to create HTTPS Everywhere, a browser extension that forces the use of encrypted pages wherever possible.

The EFF also said it had helped found a certificate authority known as Let's Encrypt along with Mozilla and the University of Michigan, with Cisco and Akamai being sponsors. Using the Certbot tool, webmasters could obtain a free certificate from Let's Encrypt and automatically configure their servers to use it.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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