Developers from various applications companies collect telemetry data that describe our behaviour. Sometimes their analysis can lead to very interesting conclusions. Recently, a Mozilla team noted that Firefox users are increasingly using URLs that begin with HTTPS. This means that the traffic generated by the service is encrypted traffic. As a result, users are protected from all kinds of eavesdropping, censorship, hacker activity and leakage of personal data.
I do not want to scare you, but browse the Internet using the HTTP protocol can be dangerous. The data transmitted in this way is available in clear text, so anyone can preview it. However, this is not the most dangerous. A hacker while eavesdrop data can modify it as well. In the case of a secured HTTPS, it is much more difficult. It is true that HTTPS websites generate more data, but it is safer. Capture individual packets encrypted from conversation does nothing. A hacker is not able to read the informations that he need, and the more can’t modify it.
51% of the pages downloaded by users of the Mozilla Firefox browser is encrypted
This is a fairly significant increase, because a year ago it was less than 40%. This change is due not only to a greater awareness of users, but above all with the modernization of popular websites. Switching from HTTP to HTTPS significantly improves data security. It is almost mandatory in the case of social networking sites and other sites that require loging and store information about us.
Mozilla believes that the Internet is heading in the right direction. New applications and pages that appear on the market have better protection mechanisms, and the budget for their safety increases all the time. For example, a non-profit EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) is to convince the companies working with newer technology to implement a secure HTTPS. As they say, is still a lot work ahead. The organization has set itself one, but extremely challenging task. They want to inform all users, that data transfer protocol HTTP is nowadays synonymous with open feed password to a third party.
Source: Let’s Encrypt