Google sends more and more of its traffic over HTTPS, according to a new report by the company. Announcement adds specific numbers on encrypted traffic for Google Calendar and the YouTube, with a video service to send more than 97 per cent of traffic through encrypted connections.
Google began to use HTTPS in the March reporting about 75% of the encrypted traffic in all services, although neither Calendar or the YouTube, have been included in this report. Google also recently implemented a strict transport security (or HSTS) for all the Google.com domain, which prevents HTTPS connections associated with a return to an unencrypted HTTP.
HTTPS is typically used to protect confidential information from being intercepted through the Internet, for example, bank or postal services, but also protects against a number of more sophisticated attacks. Cyber security services and can inject malware directly into streams, if the traffic is unencrypted, with more sophisticated attacks injectable sometimes reach thousands of websites at once. 2015 study found about one in three Web requests were made through HTTPS, even though the number has increased significantly within a few months since.
HTTPS is a more complex protocol, and many sites are out of it for adoption by the concern for users with older devices. But in the case of YouTube, Google said devices can transmit video can usually cope with the extra work of encryption.