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Apple is encouraging app developers to employ a layer of security when creating or updating their products. 

In a document describing new features in Apple’s operating system for iPhones, the company encouraged its developers to use “HTTPS exclusively.”

{mosads}Privacy advocates have been urging universal adoption of the security layer on the Web, which encrypts communications while they are in transit between a user and a website or app. In a browser, The encryption is signified by the HTTPS text and the lock that appears ahead of a web address.

“If you have an existing app, you should use HTTPS as much as you can right now, and create a plan for migrating the rest of your app as soon as possible,” according to Apple

Most major technology companies employ the security layer rather than the HTTP protocol, and even government websites are moving toward universal adoption. 

On Monday, the administration said all government websites would have to adopt the standard by the end of 2016. Some government websites use this the security layer throughout their entire site, while others do not.

Motherboard spotted the move Tuesday morning. 


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