Learn more about our mission and methodology

Secure The News, a project of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, is designed to track and promote the adoption of HTTPS encryption by major news organizations' websites. HTTPS (the "S" stands for "Secure") is the industry standard for securing websites, and deploying it provides numerous benefits for organizations and their users.

Secure the News automatically reviews news organizations’ websites and grades them on whether and how they implement HTTPS. News sites with the strongest grades will have implemented HTTPS using accepted best practices. You can read more about our grading methodology here.

Our goal is to encourage news websites to adopt HTTPS encryption by default as soon as possible. If you’d like more information on how HTTPS enhances security and privacy, and prevents censorship, you can visit our Why page. If you work at a news organization and would like technical resources on how your site can switch over to HTTPS, head over to our How page.

As a site owner, how can I improve my score?

The easiest way to improve your score is by securing your site! Secure the News automatically re-scans sites every day, so check out your site's score page (accessible by clicking your site's name on the scoreboard) to see what you can do improve your score. Any changes that you make will be automatically detected, and your score updated to reflect them, within 24 hours.

We recognize that deploying HTTPS can be a long and challenging process. If you're thinking about deploying HTTPS, consider pledging to secure your site. This allows us to indicate your commitment to securing your site on our main Secure The News leaderboard while it's still a work in progress.