PhotoSecrets gets SSL security

By Andrew Hudson Published: May 2, 2017 Updated: May 23, 2017

For your safety, PhotoSecrets now uses SSL security. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a form of Transport Layer Security, that allows websites to transfer data over HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol over SSL). All PhotoSecrets webpages are served over HTTPS, which is effectively a secure layer on top of the standard HTTP web protocol. You may see a green padlock in your browser address bar to confirm that the site is secure.

“HTTPS doesn’t just protect user data, it also ensures that the user is really connecting to the right site and not an imposter one. This is important because setting up a fake version of a website users normally trust is a favorite tactic of hackers and malicious actors. HTTPS also ensures that a malicious third party can’t hijack the connection and insert malware or censor information.”


“What a security certificate is: When you go to a site that uses HTTPS (connection security), the website’s server uses a certificate to prove the website’s identity to browsers, like Chrome.”


Google is pushing for all websites to use HTTPS and is increasingly noting those that do not. Here are the top holdouts:

Websites that are popular but unsecure

>CNN (Time Warner)25102
Bing (Microsoft)2642
>IMDB (Amazon)3055
>Go (Walt Disney)102400
Selected major websites not using SSL/HTTPS, using ranking from >Alexa, as of May 2, 2017

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