The Internet is a deep, dark and dangerous place. Or so we were told a while ago. Well, Internet is still not the paradise we would want it to be, however, it is a much safer place than what it used to be just a while ago. We don’t want you to take our word for it either, take Google’s.
Google has been a pioneer of virtual security. The company has been known to help secure the web and make it a better place. Not only does the company itself develop apps and services that are highly safe, but it has been known to help third parties that provide secure services as well — either by highlighting them in public, or by providing them with more material assistance by boosting their rank.
The search engine has now released its latest Transparency Report metric and according to Google, the web is a significantly safer place than it was, say a year ago.
As per the report, there has been a steep rise in the number of websites using the HTTPS protocol between the April 2015 and October 2016 period. The number of secure websites visited by Chrome users on Windows, Mac and Linux machines has risen up to two-thirds of the total. This is a significant rise from last year, when less than half (40 percent to be exact) of the total websites visited were secure.
In case you are wondering about the HTTPS protocol, here is a pretty great definition, courtesy Wikipedia.
HTTPS is a protocol for secure communication over a computer network which is widely used on the Internet. It provides authentication of the website and associated web server with which one is communicating, which protects against man-in-the-middle attacks
Google has collected this data from Chrome — from users like you and me who have agreed to share our browsing data with it. And considering that its Chrome is one of the most used browsers across the world, we can probably trust Google.