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Google's HTTPS encryption efforts now on display in Transparency Report

Google says more than 75 percent of requests to its own servers are now using encrypted connections.
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Written by Natalie Gagliordi, Senior Writer on

Google's ever-changing Transparency Report now includes a page dedicated to tracking encryption progress both at Google and on some of the web's most trafficked sites.

Dubbed HTTPS at Google, the new section will track the internet giant's progress as it moves to HTTPS.

Google began using HTTPS-only for Gmail back in 2014, and since then has rolled it out to Drive and Search. But the company says it's still working through technical barriers to bring the encryption standard to other products such as Maps, Google ads, News and Finance.

Google is also using the new transparency section to offer a running count of how many Google requests use HTTPS encryption. The websites currently included in the tally account for approximately 25 percent of all web traffic on the Internet, according to Google's estimates.

Google says more than 75 percent of requests to its own servers are now using encrypted connections. Over 95 percent of the unencrypted traffic to its servers now comes from mobile devices.

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"Our aim with this project is to hold ourselves accountable and encourage others to encrypt so we can make the web even safer for everyone," Google wrote in a blog post.

For good measure, Google has created a Certificate Transparency log viewer that allows users and site administrators to check the validity of SSL certificates issued on a website.

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