Google Striving hard to make Internet safer
As soon ass you get connected to the Internet, your chances of being hacked or otherwise harmed by the army of hackers spread all over the world appear. Google has always tried to make the Internet safer and easier to use. Now Google and its affiliated third-party sites are trying their level best to make the Internet communications more and more safe if not virtually 100% fool-proof.
This week, Google launched a section of its transparency report to fasten the process of encrypting the Internet. Google an its affiliates make more than 25% of the Internet traffic. The report will be updated every week to make sure that the progress in making the Internet encrypted is going at a good speed. The aim is to make HTTPS protocol default in all the services. The search, drive and mail services are already equipped with HTTPS and Blogger was also added in the list a year back. Now efforts are being made to transfer all the Internet traffic to an HTTPS enabled environment. However, implementing the HTTPS protocols everywhere will not be an easy job.
The main problem in implementation of HTTPS is the use of mobile devices. Only 10% of the android based devices are encrypted. This is something beyond the control of Google because this aspect is controlled by the handset maker. Moreover some of the older devices can not even be upgraded to an HTTPS environment due to hardware restrictions. The severity of the mobile devices problems can be judges from the fact that 50% of all the web-pages opened in the world are via mobile devices and 95.5% of all the unencrypted traffic on Google results from the mobile devices.
Google is one of the companies that never accept defeat. They are working on ways to improve this state of affairs. The easiest solution of this problem is to wait for the change of all the mobile devices which will take 24 to 36 months. For time being, Google has to ignore the Android 2 devices and the Windows XP devices because they are incapable of interpreting the TLS and SNI encryption which are the most used methods of this time.
It may not be totally true to say that Google is doing all this effort and putting in all the resources’ for your safety. Actually, it is Google itself which has the most at stake if the Internet becomes unsafe. Google generates revenues from the commerce being performed on the Internet. If the people involved in all that on-line business think that the Internet is not a safe place to transact, Google will ultimately have to suffer. Encryption surely protects people against bulk dragnet surveillance and the hackers trying to access the data through their Wi-Fi network but that is just the tip of the iceberg. The big sites like Google, Wiki and Facebook have secured their connections but there is still the need to secure a large number of other platforms before the Internet can be deemed virtually hack-proof.