Senator Urges Websites to Boost Security

By Kara Reeder | Feb 28, 2011 | Print this Page
redOrbit reports that Senator Charles Schumer is asking major U.S. websites like Amazon, Twitter and Yahoo to switch to more secure HTTPS pages to protect those connecting from Wi-Fi hotspots. A press release from Schumer's office quotes the senator:

Free Wi-Fi networks provide hackers, identity thieves and spammers alike with a smorgasbord of opportunities to steal private user information like passwords, usernames, and credit card information. The quickest and easiest way to shut down this one-stop shop for identity theft is for major websites to switch to secure HTTPS web addresses instead of the less secure HTTP protocol, which has become a welcome mat for would be hackers.

Last year, Google moved its Gmail service to the HTTPS protocol following hacking attempts by China.