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.