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Website Encryption to Become Easier in 2015

November 21, 2014 | By Editor 

Summary

All our online activities are safeguarded from hackers only if the websites and services eyes site you are using are encrypted. Encryption is a process indicated in many Web browsers with a little closed padlock icon in the address bar. However, not every site is encrypted.

Website Encryption

Next Year Could be the Year of Encryption

  • A security certificate verifies if the website offering encrypted connection is legitimate or not.
  • The Web address of such websites start with HTTPS instead of HTTP and the Web traffic traveling via such secure connections can only be read by the sender and the intended recipient.
  • Tech giant Google aiming to shift majority of the Internet’s traffic announced that it would give more weight to sites that are HTTPS encrypted.
  • At present, only a small percentage of sites are encrypted by default, though Google has been advocating encryption for years. However, the tech titan has successfully convinced many big names such as Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo to make the shift.
  • Today, financial institutions, news organizations, and other sectors are in the process of encrypting their websites by default and aim to achieve the result by 2015. Google will spend the next few months to make sure the security of the Web is as close to bulletproof. Certificate authorities (CA) too have a huge role to play in deciding the fate of the Web.
  • Since they are responsible for issuing legitimate SSL certificates, they cannot afford to make errors, however small, because it will leave websites vulnerable to hacking.
  • During the past couple of years, fraudulent security certificates have taken the center stage on some big cyber crimes. For example, in 2011, an Iranian hacker gained entry to a firm that issues security certificates. He was able to create bogus certificates that let him to impersonate Gmail, and intercept Web traffic of about 300,000 Iranians.
  • For years, Google has been working on efforts to expand the encryption of Internet traffic.
  • It developed a browser extension for its Chrome service and forced websites to convert from HTTP to HTTPS. The system of security certificates that underpins the Internet is a vast and most often dysfunctional system. Fixing this issue problem would make the Internet secure for its millions of users across the globe.
  • If you are using an unencrypted HTTP site, your communications are susceptible to identity thefts, illegitimate surveillance, account hijacking, altering of pages, and interference. All these issues are widespread and happen almost every hour.
  • Much of today’s data are extremely sensitive and important, and should be safeguarded at any cost. With HTTPS connection, the barriers for cyber criminals who desire to snoop on your browsing or modify your traffic are much secure and higher.

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