The Electronic Frontier Foundation believes that we are now halfway to encrypting the entire world wide web, hailing the significance of the milestone.
That means around half of the internet is now equipped with HTTPS technology, protecting information from an array of threats.
“This milestone is a combination of HTTPS implementation victories: from tech giants and large content providers, from small websites, and from users themselves,” says the EFF.
Since 2010, it says, it has been advocating for widespread HTTPS adoption. The call has since been answered by Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia, among many others.
It notes, however, that securing major sites is a minor victory in the greater scheme of things. Initiatives such as Let’s Encrypt continue to push for the encryption of smaller sites, which is the ultimate goal of this project.
“Our goal is a universally encrypted web,” says the EFF. “Until then, we have more work to do. Protect your own browsing and websites with HTTPS Everywhere and Certbot [encryption tools], and spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. Together, we can encrypt the entire web.”