Google is quick to point out that the move to HTTPS has been happening at a rapid pace over the past few years and provided the following statistics:
- Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
- Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
- 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default
Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser on the planet, so that should be incentive enough for developers to act fast. It is Google's hope that with a little additional prodding, internet users will be further protected during their everyday browsing. Google first began the transition from HTTP to HTTPS by "flagging" websites that didn't use encryption when collecting credit card information and passwords. In then turned its attention to situations where users entered data on HTTP websites, and flagged all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.
Emily Schechter, Chrome Security Product Manager, adds, "HTTPS is easier and cheaper than ever before, and it unlocks both performance improvements and powerful new features that are too sensitive for HTTP.”