Hi, everyone –
We wanted to share some good news. u/Lugh, one of your cheerful Mods, has quietly been tracking the number of sites that most posts link to from r/Privacy. It’s anecdotal, but Lugh recalls a year ago, they counted the sites linked from r/Privacy posts to see which ones were using TLS (HTTPS:), and which were not. Lugh recalls, on our front page, the number of links to article’s sites using the insecure HTTP being around 5-10 out of 25 posts. It was an informal test done over a couple of days. It didn’t include the six hardcoded HTTP reddit-related links on every page. That’s about a third of the sites we linked to used the insecure HTTP protocol.
He ran a similar informal test this weekend, and there were only 3 HTTP links out of 200 posts. That’s around 1.5%.
33.3% vs 1.5% is amazing progress!
It’s funny how quickly the standards and expectations have changed so quickly and almost invisibly.
We should celebrate Let’s Encrypt for this – and donate if you can. The press coverage advocating all reputable sites to switch to HTTPS: also helped. These made it financially viable while raising the public’s expectations demanding change.
We thought these quiet successes should be celebrated, so let’s celebrate!