To Google, security is very important. They spend a lot to ensure that their services make use of innovative security known to the industry such as the sturdy HTTPS encryption that works by default. This translates to the fact that internet users that make use of Gmail, Search, as well as Google Drive, are secured and their connection to Google can’t be compromised.
Security on the internet is important because there are always hackers, lurking around, looking for personal details to pilfer, like social security number. Identity theft is common, as well as fraud, and that’s why Google is trying its best to make the internet safe for users.
There has been quite an investment to ensure that whatever websites that internet users have access to from the Search Engine, Google is safe. Google has continuously created those resources that aid webmasters to stop any form of security breach, and if they exist, fix it.
Google is ensuring that the internet is safe, and has called on webmasters to use HTTPS instead of Transport Layer Security- TLS. This will greatly protect websites.
For a while, tests have continuously been done to see if sites are safe for use. Google has also run tests to view if sites make use of encrypted and safe connections as a form of signal to the Google search ranking algorithm.
Google believes that there are positive results of HTTPS being used as a ranking signal, and has intended to begin using it. This will go a long way to encourage webmasters to make use of HTTPS in their websites.
For now, Google is only using it as lightweight signal that affects less than a percent of the global queries, while holding lower weight than prior signs used like high quality content.
This will give webmasters the time to move from HTTP to HTTPS before the signals are strengthened. With this, a lot of people will be safe on the internet.
Google intends to publish more information about this in the nearest future to ensure that TLS adoption is quite easier and to reduce the mistakes that comes with it.
For now, you can use the following tips to begin:
What certificate do you want? Make your decision, if you want to opt for wild card, multi-domain, or the single certificate.
Make use of the 2048-bit key certificates
Opt for the relative URLs for those resources that are designed to be kept on similar secure domain
Opt for protocol relative URLs in all your domains
Visit Google Site move article to view how changing the web address can be done.
Don’t use robots.text to block out the HTTPS site from crawling
Ensure that indexing can be done on your page by using search engines when it is possible. Don’t make use of the the noindex robots meta tag.
If you know that your website is secured with the HTTPS, then you should test the level of its security, as well as the configuration by using Qualys Lab tool.