As is well known, HTTPS is considered an important factor for security over the Internet. Google recently added a new section to its transparency report. The section will track progress of Google’s encryption efforts, not just for Google sites, but also for other popular third-party websites, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pintrest, PayPal, etc.
Over 75 percent of requests to Google’s server use secure encrypted connection. Google will now include the data about the HTTPS connections from other sites as well. Google published a list of top 100 non-Google sites that are based on Alexa ranking and Google’s internal data set, and broke these sites into three categories: sites top sites running modern HTTPS by default, top sites running modern HTTPS and other top sites that account for 25 percent of the web traffic. Also included in the new report, is a Certificate Transparency log viewer that provides a web interface for users and site administrators to easily check and see who has issued a certificate for a website and hence verify its legitimacy.
“Our aim with this project is to hold ourselves accountable and encourage others to encrypt so we can make the Web even safer for everyone,” wrote Rutledge Chin Feman and Tim Willis on the Google Security Blog. Although HTTPS implementation is challenging, Google offers a tool for webmasters to help guide them through their HTTPS efforts.
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