Wikimedia has announced that it will shift to HTTPS providing encryption for its website traffic. A large group of other websites is already planning to follow this move. The website has stated that it will take on HTTP Strict Transport Security for higher level of security, making sure that any Transport Layer Security does not fall to riskier levels. Recently, there have been major security breaches involving SSL attacks, with FREAK and Logjam being the most notable ones.
In its blog, Wikimedia said that the past few years of shadowy actions by the government led its stakeholders to think of a better defense system through the implementation of HTTPS. The company saw the need for improved security and decided this move to HTTPS as a concern for its guidelines and technical teams.
According to the organization’s spokesperson, at a time when governments are peeping into online user activities and data it has put freedom of expression in great peril. The site said that this move to HTTPS has been thought over for years and it acknowledges that for some people who use the site, the move could prove to be unfavorable. The company expressed satisfaction in starting the final stages of this move and it anticipates finishing it in a couple of weeks.
The previous week at WWDC, Apple presented several features for iOS 9. Among those features AppTransport Security (ATS) was also revealed. ATS will require apps to define the domains it needs to conduct data transfer over HTTPS. The Cupertino-based company also asked developer community to use the new security feature.
Apple also asked developers to use HTTPS when developing new apps. The company wants the iOS developer community to switch its existing apps to HTTPS at the earliest.
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A few weeks before, the White House made it important for all of its national websites, by the end of the next year, to utilize HTTPS encryption.
Mozilla, the company behind Firefox browser, said last month that it needs to leave HTTP and move to HTTPS with latest features.