Codebreaker

Schumer wants a more secure WiFi

John Moe Feb 28, 2011

Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) called on website operators like Amazon and Twitter to encrypt their sites, change from HTTP to HTTPS addresses. That S stands for Secure, so if you’re online at a coffee shop and you’re on a site that uses HTTPS protocol, your information is encrypted, as opposed to if you’re on a site using HTTP protocol, hackers can see what you’re doing and take your account passwords and more.

From Reuters:

“The quickest and easiest way to shut down this one-stop shop for identity theft is for major Web sites to switch to secure HTTPS web addresses instead of the less secure HTTP protocol,” Schumer said. He called the HTTP protocol “a welcome mat for would-be hackers.”

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