SEARCH AND ADVERTISING company Google has added a section to its transparency report that covers how many secure HTTPS connections the firm sees.
The good news is that it's a lot, but the bad news is that mobile websites lag behind and punters have to take security into their own hands.
"HTTPS is a mechanism that allows your browser or app to securely connect with a website," Google explained in the firm's latest Transparancy Report.
"HTTPS is one of the measures to help keep your browsing safe and secure, which is important when you are doing things like logging into your bank's website or submitting your credit card information to an online store."
The report pointed out that HTTPS relies on SSL or TLS encryption to secure the connection and protect against eavesdroppers, man-in-the-middle attacks, and hijackers attempting to spoof a trusted site.
"In other words, it thwarts interception of your information and ensures the integrity of information that you send and receive. Google has been working hard toward our objective of achieving 100 per cent encryption across our products and services," it added.
That's Google, but what about the rest of them? Well, the firm said that the picture is good, and that it has seen a genuine increase in the adoption of HTTPS.
"Secure web browsing through HTTPS is becoming the norm. Desktop users load more than half of the pages they view over HTTPS and spend two-thirds of their time on HTTPS pages. HTTPS is less prevalent on mobile devices, but we see an upward trend there too," said the report.
"Users spend different amounts of time on different sites, so we measure time spent on HTTPS pages. Users of Chrome on desktop spend a larger amount of time on HTTPS pages than on HTTP pages. This rate is increasing across mobile and desktop."
Google has also created list of sites that do and do not support HTTPS or TLS. Most of the big names do, but those that don't may surprise you. They include the BBC, The Daily Mail, Ask.fm, eBay, IMDB and, um, Pornhub.com. We have reported on other HTTP laggards, including the government, before.
Microsoft.com supports HTTPS but does not have it by default, which presumably we are to consider a shame. µ
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