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.