VPN and Web Encryption Soar Due to NSA Spying

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Alvin Bryan

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Web Encryption SSLThere have been many calls in the past year to encrypt the Internet. Edward Snowden showed the world what happens when our Internet activities are not secured. VPN and Web encryption is what is going to protect all users from online spying. When websites and users make that commitment, snoops can’t get gain access that easily.

Universal Web Encryption

We are far from achieving global online security. We have not yet reached the time when we can all enjoy web encryption on every website and online service we use. But the process has already begun. And while we wait for our favorite websites to jump on board, Internet users can use VPNs to secure their ends.

A year ago, web encryption covered only 2.29 percent of Internet traffic. This is taken from a study conducted on North American web encryption and traffic during peak usage hours. Now, web encryption has reached 3.8 percent of peak time traffic. In other parts of the world, the increase in web encryption is more marked. Latin America saw web encryption soar from 1.8 percent to 10.37 percent. In Europe, it shot from 1.47 percent to 6.10 percent.

Web Encryption NSAAll in all, this is almost a four-fold increase in web encryption since the revelations of NSA spying spread across the globe. And this increase does not take into account the overall increases in general online traffic and bandwidth consumption. If we factor these in, web encryption has more than likely jumped to double what it was a year ago.

One factor that has boosted web encryption is the widespread use of VPNs. VPNs provide web encryption to individual users and entire office staffs. This allows them to interact with websites without having third parties snooping on their activities. Another major factor is the use of HTTPS on many popular websites. People could use HTTPS before this, but it was not set as the default more most sites until several months ago. Many websites still have not adopted HTTPS, however. They think that it is not necessary because they do not support online payments and other sensitive features. But even these websites need to provide web encryption for their users to stay safe from invasive tracking and monitoring.