On 5 September 2011 20:35, Pierre Schmitz email@example.com wrote:
On Mon, 5 Sep 2011 13:55:38 +0200, Cédric Girard wrote:
On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 1:46 PM, Ray Rashif firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
it slows down my inherently slow connection (think GPRS/EDGE/2G)
Do you have any figures to support this? I would be interested to see what the impact of HTTPS on the client side is.
Me too. We'd need some numbers to back this argument. I also wonder how many are really affected by having such a slow connection that this would actually matter. I wouldn't be surprised if this number is really low.
It just feels slower. I think the amount of data transferred does not look that much bigger when you have at least a 512Kbps, but browsing is indeed slower.
Take, for eg., GMail for Mobile on my phone has HTTPS disabled, and when enabling it warns that "more data will be used". A 128Kbps unstable connection eg. over the GSM network will struggle with an SSL-encrypted website far away from the user's ISP/region due to the inevitable added latency of that kind of network.
However, you are right, there is no empirical evidence until I log my connection to one of the Arch Linux sites with and without SSL. I will try and do this soon.
In the meantime, these are Google results that you might've already come across:
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