In a blog post, YouTube today announced that its video service is now 97 percent encrypted.
The company blames not being at 100 percent on some devices being unable to support modern HTTPS, and it hopes to “phase out insecure connections” over time. How long that’ll take remains a mystery, but given that it was at 77 percent in November 2014, full encryption shouldn’t be too far from the future.
YouTube introduced HTTPS support two years ago, and said it has since seen increased volumes of traffic from more devices than ever, making it a challenge to ensure its connections are secure. “We found that HTTPS improved quality of experience on most clients,” the company said in a blog post.
HTTPS is important in services like video streaming because it can protect users from hackers planting malware via insecure connections.
So go forth, watch your hundredth cat video today in peace.