A study revealed that the percentage of Internet data traffic encrypted has shot up to half from a negligible 13%. Of the top 50 sites, 24 practice data encryption which is generally indicated on the user’s browser through a symbol of green colored lock and a prefix of ‘https’. Also, the same study implied that 42 of the 50 sites encrypted data at either after logging in or on default.
More Security Online- The Trigger
The move towards encrypting data online was pioneered by the big players like Google, Twitter and Facebook. Google search has now made it mandatory to include only secure encrypted sites in the top hits page.
Additionally, there are smaller websites which offer to encrypt data at a rebated price and simplified to an extent that a webmaster can successfully handle the task. There are Certificate Authorities like Let’s Encrypt and Universal SSL from CloudFlare which assist in the maintenance of digital certificates while making it clear to the user that the network is secure. The main role of these certificate authorities is to validate the claim of connection between a cryptographic public key with the HTTPS site.
Is HTTPS Enough?
The security offered by https is limited to only those websites which can support this format, which now stands at 50%. Ironically, the sites which are not compatible with https are still in use and high demand, like News sites and some parts of YouTube.
There are also sites which continue to rely on unencrypted ‘http’ as default or link an encrypted page to an unencrypted page. This switch from HTTPS to HTTP leaves a portal for accessing information.
The Solution For Complete Online Privacy- VPN
The dream to have 100% encryption of the Internet is on the path of realization. Till the time it is met, data security online remains a concern. All of us are weary of being spied on either by the government or a group of basement hackers. There is one solution to maintaining online privacy- going offline. However, this is not only inconvenient but also unrealistic.
Having identified the problem, the most effective solution available is switching to a VPN. A virtual private network forms a secure tunnel from the device to the server by either encrypting data on entry or exit. Such tunnels are inaccessible for any third party and even if information is leaked, it is incorrigible.