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It’s about time…

In a speech before an Federal Trade Commission roundtable yesterday, outgoing FTC Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour called on Web services services like Yahoo!, Facebook and Hotmail to start using HTTPS/SSL encryption.

Google has recently shown leadership in this space, by enabling HTTPS for Gmail, as well as making it the default behavior so that even users who don't understand security will be protected. It’s time for other services (including Google Search!) to catch up with Gmail.

If you are running any web apps that have sensitive information passing back and forth, please secure it using HTTPS/SSL.  It is relatively inexpensive and fairly painless to set up.

via FTC to Internet Companies: Start Using SSL | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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