Every now and then Google releases a transparency report but its recent decision to introduce a new section to the report which will focus specifically on internet data encryption has left tongues wagging. This is because top-notch sites were exposed as having not adopted the HTTPS domain which means that they are yet to comply with internet security standards. The report is meant to encourage encryption, because it ensures online security. Without this, you are literary `nude` on the internet and you will be vulnerable to malicious individuals who may harm your website or anyone who is visiting your site.
Traffic sent via HTTP is not the best, because it is not encrypted. When people visit a website that is using HTTP domain they may be prey to hackers, since all a hacker needs to do is intercept their traffic in the `middle` thus diverting them to a another page where they have intentionally placed malware which will be automatically downloaded to the user`s device. This explains why Google sometimes bans some of the popular torrent sites because they redirect users to pages which contain malicious malware.
Sites which are not compatible with HTTPS are at a greater risk of sabotage by hackers and government spies. Websites which run HTTPS by default are the best, but there are also those which are compatible with HTTPS but not by default which ensures that visitors will also be protected. Users who frequent unencrypted sites are encouraged to download an EFF extension to their browser, which ensures that they are protected whenever they visit a site which is not HTTPS by default but is compatible with HTTPS. This will ensure that the data sent between your browser and the site is encrypted. It also protects users from phishing tricks which is a method online attackers use to obtain personal info from users by posing as a legitimate site or intercepting traffic from an unencrypted website to direct you to another page. Most successful phishing activities usually lead to hacking of the users online money transfer account or credit card. Banks automatically redirect their users to a HTTPS connection any time they want to log in to their account because if such data falls in the wrong hands, the aftermath would be catastrophic. Thus, if you ever visit a website which requests for personal data, always check the address bar at the top of your browser and ensure that it is has HTTPS. If not be very careful with the info you share.
The search engine giant Google is spearheading a campaign to make the internet safe for everyone, by encouraging websites to adopt HTTPS. This will help keep hackers and spies at bay, and it comes at a very crucial time when issues of spying by government agencies are on the rise.
The biggest percentage of companies that have adopted encryption
The new report states that tech companies are currently leading when it comes to adopting HTTPS. This simply shows that they are very concerned about their safety and that of their users. IG, Twitter, FB and Piniterest are the leading tech sites when it comes to communication encryption and it serves a very important purpose because without it there would be numerous cases of user accounts being hacked and personal info of public figures revealed to the public.
Online money transfer companies also fall in the list of companies which have complied with encryption which makes a lot of sense because the security of the clients` info should always be their main concern. Most of these companies are actually running HTTPS by default, which is a good thing.
The biggest percentage of companies that are yet to adopt encryption
Unfortunately, media sites and porn sites fall in the list of shame because most of them are yet to adopt encryption. Perhaps this explains why most porn sites just like torrent sites, are always full of page redirects because someone else is intercepting your connection. You may not expect a lot from free porn sites in terms of protecting their users through encryption, but you sure as hell expect a lot from media sites. This is very risky because it leaves their readers and visitors exposed and they may also not be safe from spying by government agencies. The irony is that you`d expect media sites to be the market leaders with encryption since they receive millions of visitors on a daily basis, but sadly this is not case. It means that all those visitors are vulnerable every time they visit such sites.
The biggest percentage of unencrypted traffic to Google emanates from mobile devices, and accounts for over 95%. This makes a lot of sense because most mobile devices do not support data encryption and at the moment not much can be done about that.
Adopting HTTPS is a great start towards a safe internet community, but is should not stop there. Even though the S in HTTPS stands for secure, users also need to be in control of their own security because encryption is not a 100% guarantee that you will be safe from hackers and phishing tricks. Always be careful which sharing personal data on the internet or clicking links from suspicious emails.