Earlier this week we announced how CloudFlare enabled OCSP stapling in order to improve our customers' SSL performance. OCSP stapling is awesome and improves SSL performance by as much as 30%. However, it is limited to browsers that support OCSP stapling and only benefits CloudFlare's customers.
This week CloudFlare is announcing several things we're doing to significantly improve the performance of SSL. Too few sites are secured with SSL. One of the reasons sites don't implement SSL is that it can slow down web performance.
HTTP, the protocol of the web, is unencrypted by default. That means it is trivial for someone using the same local network as you to spy on all the data you send to and receive from most websites.