Wikimedia has agreed to a deal with security firm DigiCert which will bring secured socket layer (SSL) protected connections and authentication to millions users of Wikipedia.
In total, the company estimates that the deal will cover sites serving up some 489 million monthly visitors.
"The Wikimedia Foundation is grateful for this partnership with DigiCert, which will enhance our ability to secure the millions of online exchanges that occur with our websites each day," said Wikimedia Foundation director of technical operations CT Woo.
"It is important for Wikimedia to identify like-minded partners that value transparency and the privacy of our users."
The integration of SSL secured connections has become a popular defence tactic for user-generated sites and social media services. Brands including Google Search and Facebook have begun offering full support for secured connection formats.
According to DigiCert, the company now partners to provide protections for four of the top 10 most-visited sites on the web.
"DigiCert is pleased to partner with the Wikimedia Foundation in recognising the importance of the free, and secure, flow of information across the Internet and to support the Foundation’s mission," said chief executive Nicholas Hales.
The SSL format has also been the target of attacks recently, with cyber criminals targeting certificate authorities in hopes of generating fake security credentials.
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