Netflix adds HTTPS encryption to its streams


Now almost everyone is likely to suffer from a hacker attack, white hat (hacker who checks if the system is actually safe and proposes solutions for improvement) o black hat (hacker who works on his own for the sole purpose of damaging the company) that is. This means that the protection on more levels it's a need not only for the various sites but also for many services.

Whether it's protecting trade secrets user privacy or simply your own network by compromises, everyone has a good reason to protect their services.

Conscious of this, Netflix sta raising the protection threshold for the privacy its users and the network implementing protection HTTPS for his stream ranging from the local server to the user's device.


Netflix's spending will be focused on the main servers, the few scattered around its service areas that increase its power and, above all, the local servers, the Open Connect Servers.

Netflix: local servers

Local servers are often located near ISP (Internet Service Provider), have a power lower compared to large servers e receive content from the main servers di Netflix to then send them to user provider which will take care of transmitting this content.

Protection: first ...

In the past there was the interest of one good speed which allowed to maintain protection options for content of Netflix more sparse and, with the advent of these servers smaller, there was a huge one speed jump e greater capacity for the service, allowing Netflix to apply one intermediate protection.

…and then

Now, with the addition of DRM (Digital Right Management) to the contents themselves, Netflix is protecting his own stream with the HTTPS encryption applying it to his own local servers, which means the streams are now encrypted when they pass from local servers to the user.

The new security measure, called Transport Level Security o TLS, not only applies to stream contents but also to user data, research and to all the data between Netflix and its users.

The transition toHTTPS normally it would require very long times to be implemented, but, by applying the new security measures to the local servers instead of al main server, Netflix is able to scale the operation for his own 80 millions of customers.

Working together with Nginx, the provider of the web server software used on these local servers with the operating system FreeBDS Linux, Netflix was able to find the ideal encryption for a quick and simple implementation, since the tests have achieved the desired success.

Users should be able to use these HTTPS stream in the very near future.




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