Most Internet traffic will be encrypted by year end. Here's why.

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New Firefox version says “might as well” to encrypting all Web traffic
Which is a common misconception, he says, given the invasively snoop-sounding name of its technology: Developers of the Firefox browser have moved one step closer to an Internet that encrypts all the world's traffic with a new feature that can cryptographically protect connections even when servers don't support the HTTPS protocol. The increase in cost is due mostly to infrastructural issues: Now that Mozilla offers fuller support in version 37, OE could gain wider use. This site uses cookies to deliver our services and to show you relevant ads and job listings.

Ready or not, "opportunistic encryption" goes live. (Some configuration required.)


But if you have long tail of legacy content that you cannot yet get migrated to https, commonly due to mixed-content rules and interactions with third parties, OE provides a mechanism for an encrypted transport of http: That's a strict improvement over the cleartext alternative. When a session with that port is established it will start routing the requests it would normally send in cleartext to port 80 onto port with encryption instead.

There will be no delay in responsiveness because the new connection is fully established in the background before being used. If the alternative service port becomes unavailable or cannot be verified Firefox will automatically return to using cleartext on port Clients that don't speak the right protocols just ignore the header and continue to use port This mapping is saved and used in the future.

It is important to understand that while the transaction is being routed to a different port the origin of the resource hasn't changed i. McManus may be overstating the ease many site operators will have in supporting OE. Still, Mozilla's overture is a start. Now that Mozilla offers fuller support in version 37, OE could gain wider use. You must login or create an account to comment. You can use a self-signed certificate if you like because OE is not authenticated.

Add a response header Alt-Svc: In particular packet sniffing by sysadmin tools that look for malware and virus. Encryption is a multi-bladed weapon. Check out tcpcrypt http: The other mechanism would be VPN endpoints between all connections which would be a management nightmare. It is however not impossible. In Windows, you can configure the built-in Firewall via Group Policy to only allow encrypted traffic outwards.

To configure all applications to encrypt their traffic is another story. If you really want that encryption, I would put hardware encrypters between the connections you want to encrypt. But even those need to be configured with their encryption key on both sides first.

And these boxes must by physically secured; you can't put a decrypter box in front of the Switches, because attackers could just intercept the decrypted traffic there or steal the decrypter box.

This essentially means not using any decentralized Switches. Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site the association bonus does not count.

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How to Encrypt Everything. You know by now how https is the encryption standard on the web and but a whole suite of software that relays your web traffic through several other computers. Half the Web Is Now Encrypted. That Makes Everyone Safer Today the average volume of encrypted internet traffic finally surpassed the average volume of unencrypted traffic, according to. The current share of encrypted traffic on the web is largely due to Google, Facebook, and Twitter, which have all by now adopted HTTPS by default. They mostly account for the red portion in chart.