QUICK HIT: HTTPS Adoption In Focus

Google announced some rather interesting data related to the rapid shift toward HTTPS adoption. 

As many Web professionals likely know, last year Google announced that it would begin marking sites that were not encrypted with HTTPS as " not secure" in the Chrome browser.

Google started out only marking pages without encryption that collected passwords and credit cards, but in the second phase of the initiative began showing a warning when people entered any data on an HTTP page and on all HTTP pages that were visited in Incognito mode. 

The result? Usage of HTTPS has grown dramatically over the past year as revealed in Google's recently released public Transparency Report: 

+ 64 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now protected, up from 42 percent a year ago
+ Over 75 percent of Chrome traffic on both ChromeOS and Mac is now protected, up from 60 percent on Mac and 67 percent on Chrome OS a year ago
+ 71 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default, up from 37 a year ago

If your website has yet to adopt HTTPS, Google is recommending Let's Encrypt, a free certificate authority.