If you’ve ever wondered if the world could be a little more secure than what it is right now, you’re not the only one. In fact, it seems like every day, we’re hearing about some form of hack, and if not every day, then every week.
Too often, our passwords are let loose and spilled, as some nefarious individual goes after what isn’t theirs, and makes a name for themselves and a story for journalists like this one, forcing everyone else to re-evaluate their passwords and work out if perhaps its worth it to change them once again.
Companies online are having to deal with this on a regular basis, and it’s just frustrating for the end user, but much of it has to do with a lack of security on websites, and that’s something Symantec feels passionately about.
“There are almost a billion websites today, yet only about 3% of those sites are encrypted, which means cybercriminals have been able to make a good living off of the web’s lack of security,” said Roxane Divol, Senior Vice President and General manager of Website Security at Symantec.
Maths can be fun, but let’s tidy this up so people understand how dire the state of security is around the web. When Symantec says only roughly three percent of websites are encrypted, that’s a serious issue, because presently there are over one billion websites.
You may encounter some websites that are secure, mind you, with the padlock in the browser or the green URL bar, and that’s good, but so many aren’t.
For instance, this website — the one you’re reading it on, GadgetGuy — is not secure.
Much of the web doesn’t have a reason to be secure, mind you, and it’s one reason why it’s never posed much of a concern for the staff at GadgetGuy, but Symantec is hoping for a future where every website is locked down just in case something were to happen.
“[The information] might not be valuable to you, but for someone who is performing reconnaissance [on] a user who is accessing that service, it might be invaluable,” said Nick Savvides, Symantec’s Manager for Cyber Security Strategy in the Asia Pacific region.
Savvides told GadgetGuy that he’d “prefer to see everything encrypted” overall, making the entirety of the internet safer for all.
“Many people believe that keeping to well-known, legitimate websites will keep them safe from online crime. This is not true,” he said.
“Cybercriminals continue to take advantage of vulnerabilities in legitimate websites to infect users, because businesses are failing to adequately secure their websites.”
You might be wondering why websites don’t automatically come secure, and there’s a great reason for this: it costs money.