Firefox Users Reach HTTPS Encryption Milestone

For the first time ever, secure HTTPS encryption was used for over half the pageloads served to Mozilla users, representing a big milestone for encryption. TechCrunch reports on the telemetry data tweeted by the Head of Let’s Encrypt:

Mozilla, which is one of the organizations backing Let’s Encrypt, was reporting that 40% of page views were encrypted as of December 2015. So it’s an impressively speedy rise…

The Let’s Encrypt initiative, which exited beta back in April, is doing some of that work by providing sites with free digital certificates to help accelerate the switch to HTTPS. According to [co-founder Josh] Aas, Let’s Encrypt added more than a million new active certificates in the past week — which is also a significant step up. In the initiative’s first six months (when still in beta) it only issued around 1.7 million certificates in all.

The “50% HTTPS” figure is just a one-day


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