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WordPress Implements End-to-End SSL Encryption

November 25, 2014 | By Editor 

Summary

Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the widespread government surveillance in United States and around the world, tech firms have been actively working toward bolstering online privacy. Regardless of the size, larger, medium, or small, businesses are doing their bit in an honest effort to regain customer trust. In the latest move, popular blogging tool WordPress announced that it will be protecting the connections between users and its sites by HTTPS encryption. The content management system (CMS) will be serving all its sub-domains over SSL only, by the end of 2014.

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WordPress Serves its Sub-domains Over SSL

  • The announcement comes even as courts continue to investigate snooping allegations. Automattic, parent firm of WordPress, said that the corporate has a goal to make all its processes for protecting user information as secure and transparent as possible.
  • Keeping tabs on Web service providers’ undersea cables, intentionally weakening encryption software, and secretly collecting user personal data sent over the Web is absolutely unethical.
  • The NSA collected everything, in what is considered as blatant violation of user security and privacy, from call data to photos sent online by US citizens. Just as disturbing as the leaks themselves, the fact is since last summer nothing has changed.
  • Despite massive backlash, the government of United States has not made solid steps toward protecting its checked from unchecked government surveillance.
  • In June 2014, a federal judge ordered an emergency hearing after the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) submitted evidence an implicating evidence against the U.S. government.
  • EFF alleged that the government could still be destroying the documents of NSA snooping, despite a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the court issued in March 2014.
  • However, the government argued that preserving surveillance data gathered would gravely harm the national security programs. Expressing satisfaction over court’s acceptance of its arguments, EFF said that it was the important element of its litigation.
  • But, it is unfortunate that the court’s ruling allows government to continue to destroy documents that government itself insists it requires. However, EFF was looking forward to providing the court all the information it needs to come to a final decision.
  • Meanwhile, Automattic said that individual firms should do everything in their power to safeguard their Web internet citizens.
  • In the wake of intrusive surveillance, everyone in the tech industry should stand up and do what ever they can to make Internet a safer place for billion of its users.
  • Starting with their own platforms and websites, companies have an ethical responsibility to protect its products and services. If the world has leaned anything over the past couple of years, it is encryption. When enforced correctly, it works well. It businesses properly encrypt their websites and devices, mass surveillance can be made much more difficult.
  • Joining the prestigious list of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Yahoo, WordPress hopes to bring real reform to put an to mass surveillance through end-to-end SSL Encryption.

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