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The Washington Post is now encrypting its website

Starting today, the newspaper's home page and its national security and tech policy articles are encrypted. Encryption will come to the rest of the site in the coming months.

Certain Washington Post pages now offer security encryption by default. (Photo by Flickr user Intel Free Press, used under a Creative Commons license)

Noticed anything new today in your news? A little “s” has wriggled itself in the address bar of certain Washington Post stories.
As of Tuesday, the Post will be offering security encryption on its home page, as well as its national security page and tech policy blog.
“The biggest gain is letting users feel secure,” said Post CIO Shailesh Prakash in an article on The Switch blog. It could make censorship trickier, with countries not knowing the specific pages readers are visiting.
This might lead to a loss of ad revenue for the company, however, as it will also require advertisers to make their content secure.
The Post notes that smaller publications like Techdirt and The Intercept are already onto https, but the paper says it is “the first major general news organization to roll out the added security measures to all of its readers.”
The newspaper plans to spread the encryption to the rest of the site within the next few months.

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