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Your search queries are encrypted, well at least 3/4 of them.

Google has revealed how much traffic your search engine and other services is being protected from hackers as part of an effort to codify all online activities.

Encryption protects 77% of requests sent worldwide to Google data centers, representing an increase from 52% at the end of 2013, according to company statistics released on Tuesday.

The figures cover all Google services except YouTube, which has more than 1,000 million users. Google plans to add YouTube to your encryption breakdown towards the end of the year.

Encryption is a security measure that combines the information transmitted to that can not be understood if being intercepted by a third party.

Google began to emphasize the need to encrypt users’ activities on the Internet, after the leaked documents in 2013 by former contractor for the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden, revealed that the US government had been reviewing personal data transmitted over the Internet. Surveillance programs exploit the vacuum unprotected websites.

Encrypting more services, Google tries to use the influence of your search engine to push other websites strengthen their security.

In August 2014, Google adjusted its secret formula to rank websites in their search order to give priority to those who have automatically encrypted services. The change represented some sites risked leave the Google search results and lose visitors if they do not adopt greater security measures.

Google highlights its own progress in digital security while the FBI and Apple Inc. engage in a lawsuit regarding access an encrypted iPhone that was used by one of the two extremists responsible for the slaughter in San Bernardino, California last December.

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