Three in Five Politicians’ Websites Don’t Use HTTPS
A new Comparitech study indicates that the majority of politicians across the globe haven’t put much thought into the security of their websites, with 3 out of 5 politicians’ websites lacking HTTPs, one of the most basic security measures for websites.
HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, which is an essential part of how the World Wide Web functions. HTTPs is the secure version of the protocol which offers encryption, integrity and authentication to make sure information traveling across the web is encrypted and provides users with more certainty that they are are interacting with the correct website.
The study found large performance differences between countries, with a whopping 92.3% of politicians’ websites in South Korea lacking HTTPs, while this number was 26.2% for the websites of US politicians.