Results of the experiment “HTTPS and HSTS for”

I wrote 4 months ago (Aug 14) about the switch to HTTPS per default on the new site

A week ago I wrote about the experiment of enhancing the headers of the website to show full compatibility with HSTS.

Experiment started: HTTPS for

Moving to HSTS


Now it is too early to say what impact the HSTS has over the traffic, but we can have a look on the traffic for HTTPS.

Here is the shape:


The red vertical line is the point when I switched to HTTPS.

There is a 10% increase in September, but then the traffic goes to the normal patterns.

Does this mean that the switch to HTTPS failed?  Or is November the result of switching HSTS on?

Let’s have a deeper look:


As can be seen in the screenshot above, the trend is to lose visits than to gain.

So, I can say that SSL + HSTS is making me lose visitors.

But, then we need to look deeper, because a “visitor” is a page visit, which it is not the same as “eyeballs”.

In that week of October I’ve had 2.5 views per visitor, while in November I’ve never had above 2.4, the average being somewhere at 1.5 views/visitor.

This means that the new security features make some “visitors” drop. I think that these are scripts or bots.

Time will tell… I’ll update this post in 1 months or so.

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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since over 20 years in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is CEO and owner of Endpoint Cybersecurity GmbH focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .
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