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Google says 64% of Chrome traffic on Android now protected with HTTPS, 75% on Mac, 66% on Windows

Google says 64% of Chrome traffic on Android now protected with HTTPS, 75% on Mac, 66% on Windows
From TechCrunch - October 20, 2017

Googles push to make the web more secure by flagging sites using insecure HTTP connections appears to be working. The company announced today that 64 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now protected, up 42 percent from a year ago. In addition, over 75 percent of Chrome traffic on both ChromeOS and Mac is now protected, up from 60 percent on Mac and 67 percent on ChromeOS a year ago. Windows traffic is up to 66 percent from 51 percent.

Google also notes that 71 of the top 100 websites now use HTTPS by default, up from 37 percent a year ago.

In the U.S., HTTPS usage in Chrome is up from 59 percent to 73 percent.

(Note: a better, more interactive version of this chart is available within Googles Transparency report, here.)

Combined, these metrics paint a picture of fairly rapid progress in the switchover to HTTPS. This is something that Google has been heavily pushing by flagging and pressuring sites that hadnt yet adopted HTTPS.

As you may recall, Google announcedjust over a year ago it would begin flagging all websites using insecure HTTP connections to transmit private information like passwords or credit information as not secure in the Chrome browser. It later expanded those protections to include when users entered any type of data on an HTTP page, including in Chromes Incognito mode.

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