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Year 2016 Sees Record Deployment Of HTTPS By Firefox, Chrome

More than half of Web pages loaded by the browsers guarantee protection to visitors.

The year 2016 has seen a record of sorts in the history of HTTPS with most pages viewed on the Web and more than half of Web pages loaded by Firefox and Chrome guaranteeing secure browsing by turning on HTTPS, reports digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). HTTPS adoption is becoming standard all over although most of east and southeast Asia are still lagging behind, EFF adds.

Increase in use of HTTPS is attributed to growing publicity, awareness about surveillance and web server capability progress. More and more websites are now securing visitors by turning on HTTPS with the help of Let’s Encrypt which provided secure connection for more than 21 million sites this year. The US government has also encouraged use of HTTPS but the crucial push, says EFF, has come from hosting services, including Wordpress.com, Shopify, Tumblr and OVH, which have made protected connection a default for their sites.

Read details at EFF.

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Christian Bryant,
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12/27/2016 | 1:04:04 PM
The Cost of the "S" in HTTPS
Always the Devil's advocate, I've spent some time reading differing perspectives on widespread use of HTTPS.  I support it, of course, as I am a supporter of the EFF.  However, as papers such as "The Cost of the 'S' in HTTPS" (David Naylor, Alessandro Finamore, Ilias Leontiadis, Yan Grunenberger, Marco Mellia, Maurizio Munafò, Konstantina Papagiannaki and Peter Steenkiste 2014), we must remember that all things come at a cost.  There is the cost of upstream data increase due to removal of caching, which in turn costs energy.  The cost of add-ons for decryption and HTTPS handling, etc.  Perhaps this is a new industry in the making to permanently make the gap between cost to add the "S" or not is no longer an issue, but until that solution is presented we must remember there is a cost to the "S" in HTTPS, but what that is still needs to be fully quantified.
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