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97% of YouTube connections are now encrypted

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Google has released a new update for its transparency report that highlights the use of HTTPS to encrypt connections between its users’ devices and its servers.

While data for the company’s Google Drive, Finance, Gmail, Maps, News and advertising products has previously been released, the company now offers a glimpse into the security of YouTube and Google Calendar.

For YouTube, HTTPS now accounts for 97 percent of all connections to the video portal. For Calendar, that figure is 93 percent.

In addition to improving security, secure connections also contribute to an improved service experience for users.

«We found that HTTPS improves the experience for most customers: it ensures the integrity of the content, which has virtually eliminated many types of streaming errors.»