washingtonpost.com – Your online activities are only protected from prying eyes if the sites and services you’re using are encrypted — a process noted in many browsers with a little lock icon in the URL bar. But not every Web site is encrypted. A new project could make it easier than ever for Web site administrators to provide a basic layer of security to its visitors. Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, Electronic Frontier Foundation, IdenTrust and researchers at the University of Michigan have formed a nonprofit organization, the Internet Security Research Group [ISRG], that will offer free, automated “security certificates” for Web sites starting next year.

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