The government is finally securing its websites. HTTPS is a secure protocol that's as old as its shadier, insecure sibling HTTP, yet it's not nearly as commonly used. The United States government, hardly an exemplar of early technological adoption, is trying to change that. Pulse, a project from the General Services Administration, is tracking progress in converting government domains to HTTPS. As of late January, a tidy 39 percent of government websites have converted to HTTPS.