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The State of HTTPS Configuration of Public Websites Around the World

Yildiz, Bugra Veysel (2023) The State of HTTPS Configuration of Public Websites Around the World.

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Abstract:HTTPS is a crucial element in the world of online communication, transaction and data exchanges which have significant values in daily life. It ensures enhancing privacy and security of the internet users. To date, many researchers, engineers, organizations and browser companies worked in spreading the HTTPS to provide a secure connection between the web servers and clients. However, there is a variation in the adoption and configuration of HTTPS across different countries and regions of the world. This research seeks an outcome for determining the adoption rate of HTTPS in the world by investigating differences in public websites between developing and developed countries. Additionally, the vulnerabilities associated with the different HTTPS configurations are important to address. This research will use a combination of both quantitative and qualitative methods by involving scanning the HTTPS configurations of the domains and analyzing the case studies and literature review. The results have significant consequences on improvement of security and privacy in public websites and promoting the adoption of best practices. The output of this study indicates the difference of the HTTPS configurations in developing and developed countries. These can be enhanced according to the best practices for secure communication. Organizations may efficiently focus on these best practices and provide resources to solve any possible vulnerabilities.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
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