The Electronic Frontier Foundation alongside digital human rights campaign group Access, has announced a new project promoting privacy on the Internet.
The EFF's HTTPS Now project aims to help ensure that the personal information submitted to websites is kept secure through the use of encrypted HTTPS sessions.
"We've heard a lot about how malicious tools like Firesheep can be used to steal data, including passwords for email and social networking accounts," EFF member and privacy activist Eva Galperin told thinq_. "HTTPS Now is aimed at protecting users from attacks like these by spreading the word about HTTPS and how to use it correctly."
The project is creating a database of sites ranked according to the level of information security they offer. Visitors are encouraged to add their usual destinations to the database, marking sites on the use of modern security technologies.
Visitors can enter their favourite URL into the site's in-built search box and receive an easy-to-read report which highlights the level of security offered for that person's private information - with more green ticks meaning better security.
"We want to make it easier for web users to get the security they need and deserve, but we can't do it alone," claimed Access's Jochai Ben-Avie. "We need an accurate picture of the state of HTTPS on the Internet. After that, we can target website operators and make it easy for them to update their sites. Working together, we can all be safer from identity theft, security threats, viruses, and other things that come from an insecure Internet."