Google’s Zineb Ait Bahajji announced that going forward, Google will try to index HTTPS pages first, before the HTTP equivalent page. If your pages work on HTTPS, Google will likely show the HTTPS version over the HTTP version, starting today.
“Today we’d like to announce that we’re adjusting our indexing system to look for more HTTPS pages… Specifically, we’ll start crawling HTTPS equivalents of HTTP pages, even when the former are not linked to from any page… When two URLs from the same domain appear to have the same content but are served over different protocol schemes, we’ll typically choose to index the HTTPS URL.” – Google
Google announced that it has begun to consider HTTPS as a measure when deciding the “internal pagerank” and search engine organic position for a given site. Thus, all other measures are seen (for now) as equal for both versions, HTTPS websites will have a certain preference against HTTP sites.
However, Google also decided to go one step further soon, they will mark the HTTP sites as “dangerous”, and warn users about sites that do not use HTTPS.
A proposed amendment to the next Google Chrome web browser is to ensure that when a user visits an insecure site, a red X will be displayed in the address bar. For now, Google Chrome uses this mark when the SSL certificate of a site is not properly configured, and so warning the user of a problem with the SSL certificate of the active site.
However, after the new change goes live, even otherwise safe websites, blogs or forums that have no malware, virus or affected code, say your business website or a casual blog, will be marked as “unsafe” in Google Chrome.
Google promoted this update as a step to safeguard the web, but it is instead views as a monopolistic move by google to enforce web users to use and pay for an HTTPS in order for their websites to have the same rights as their competitors.
Google is making live difficult for us, normal web users to be present online. – L.M
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