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Great news: The internet is becoming much safer

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Everyday reports of major hacking seems to always make the news, the reality is that many sites that you visit are safer than ever.  The web continues to get safer day by day and in reality stands much safer than a year ago.
 
The reason for this is due to more and more websites are getting up to speed and using encrypted connections. This can be observed in daily browsing and in checking Goole's transparency report. It is reported that more than half of the web loaded pages on Google's Chrome desktop browser now use HTTPS and over half of the time is sent on encrypted sites.
 
Secure sites using HTTPS are usually Govt agencies, banks and those companies that contain sensitive data to view and share. This process is enabled by encrypting the communication between your browser and the webserver. The information exchanged is protected against possible hackers and eavesdroppers.   
 
A secure site is easily recognised in the address bar with "HTTPS" displayed and a small green padlock. Security on the web is not a "figment" of the future. It is happening now, with secure browsing becoming a standard for business and browsers.
 
 
Google (GOOGL, Tech30) began collecting Chrome browsing data in April 2015 when it discovered less than half of pages people viewed were secure. Meanwhile, about 60% of web traffic using Chrome on a Mac currently accesses encrypted sites, compared to 51% on Windows and 43% on Android. Google didn't report iOS traffic.
 
But there's still a long way to go: Of the top 100 non-Google websites globally, just 34 have HTTPS by default.  Eventually Google hopes it will become standard. To achieve ubiquity, the company will start naming and shaming sites that don't use it.
 
Starting in January 2017, Chrome will mark sites that use HTTP connections as "not secure." It will begin by looking at sites that collect passwords or credit cards, eventually calling out all insecure sites on the web.
 
As privacy concerns loom, experts advise to make sure a website uses HTTPS before you enter a password or personal information. Check your address bar at the top for the tell-tale green lock and "HTTPS" preceeding the site name in the URL. If it is there you know the site that you are on is secure and meets the web and Googles security standard. 

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