Fortunately, for-profit corporations aren’t the only ones offering encryption tools. The same day WhatsApp made its announcement, a coalition led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation unveiled Let’s Encrypt, a nonprofit that will help websites offer encrypted HTTPS connections for free. Since the Snowden revelations, major websites, including Facebook and Yahoo, have begun supporting HTTPS by default, and the amount of encrypted Web traffic in North America has more than doubled. This trend has major benefits; the more sites encrypt, the more the Web as a whole becomes resistant to cybercriminals and surveillance dragnets.
Friday, November 21, 2014