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Washington Post begins to encrypt parts of its website, making it more difficult for hackers to track reading habits of visitors

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You might have heard: In November, The New York Times challenged news organizations to begin automatically encrypting their sites’ traffic by the end of 2015 (New York Times)

But did you know: To make it more difficult for hackers, government agencies and others to track the reading habits of users, The Washington Post is beginning to encrypt parts of its website. The encryption begins with the homepage, national security page and technology blog The Switch, and will roll out to the rest of the website over the coming months. Advertisers will be required to make sure their content is also secure, a measure the Post says may drive some advertisers away and lead to a drop-off in ad revenue. The Post says it’s the first major news organization to add this layer of security for all its readers.

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