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What Google’s New Ranking Signal Means For You What Google’s New Ranking Signal Means For You

This week, Google introduced the webmaster and SEO world to a new ranking signal. Webmasters using HTTPS (HTTP over TLS, or Transport Layer Security) to make their sites more secure will be looked upon more favorably than those that don’t …

Google Announces New Ranking Signal Google Announces New Ranking Signal

Google announced that HTTPS is now a ranking signal used in its algorithm. The company has been pushing the use of HTTPS (HTTP over TLS/Transport Layer Security) for quite some time, and called for “HTTPS everywhere” at Google I/O, so …

Yahoo Explains How It’s Making All Its Properties More Secure Yahoo Explains How It’s Making All Its Properties More Secure

Last fall, Yahoo announced that it would turn on SSL/HTTPS encryption for Yahoo Mail this year, which it did in January. The following month, they added it to Tumblr. Yahoo has now posted an update on its ongoing encryption efforts. …

Google Adjusts Index Status Data In Webmaster Tools Google Adjusts Index Status Data In Webmaster Tools

Google announced an adjustment to the way sites’ index status data appears in Webmaster Tools. The index status feature now tracks a site’s indexed URLs for both HTTP and HTTPS as well as for verified subdirectories. In the past, it …

Yahoo Mail Adds Default HTTPS As Promised Yahoo Mail Adds Default HTTPS As Promised
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Yahoo announced back in October that it would turn on SSL/HTTPS encryption for Yahoo Mail by default for all of its users starting on January 8th. The company has now announced that it has indeed done so. “Yahoo is fully …

Yahoo Mail Gets ‘Very Serious’ About Security Yahoo Mail Gets ‘Very Serious’ About Security
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Update: A Yahoo spokesperson tells WebProNews, “In addition to making https a default feature by January 2014 for all Yahoo Mail users, we plan to implement 2048-bit encryption keys, which will provide our users with a further layer of security.” …

Google Will Now Let You Use AdSense Ads On HTTPS Pages Google Will Now Let You Use AdSense Ads On HTTPS Pages
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Google announced on Monday that AdSense publishers can start putting ads on HTTPS pages as more sites move to this more secure protocol. “Many websites, like e-commerce sites and social networking sites, use the HTTPS protocol to protect their users’ …

Wikimedia Plans To Beef Up Security Across Projects With HTTPS Wikimedia Plans To Beef Up Security Across Projects With HTTPS
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The Wikimedia Foundation is working on making its projects more secure to protect users’ privacy. As one can imagine, there are plenty of technological obstacles that the foundation must overcome, so it’s going through the process a little at a …

EFF Releases HTTPS Everywhere Extension For Firefox, Chrome EFF Releases HTTPS Everywhere Extension For Firefox, Chrome

Like it or not, the internet is changing. We who use the internet have passed into the era of uncertain privacy and questionable surveillance of our online activities. Rather than await the full implications of what the Googles and Facebooks …

Twitter Makes HTTPS Default Twitter Makes HTTPS Default

Twitter announced today that HTTPS will now be on by default for all users signing into Twitter.com. The setting became optional last year, but now it’s the norm. Twitter says on its official blog: This setting makes your Twitter experience …

Gmail Switches to Default Https Encryption Following Attack
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As news of Google’s China situation dominates headlines, the company has also announced that it is turning on https access for Gmail as the default (Gmail accounts were hacked in China, in case you haven’t read about that yet).

Https, which stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is used to provide encryption and secure ID. Back in 2008 Google started giving users the option to use it.

ABC: Always Be Connecting, Securely, With Gmail

With apologies to Alec Baldwin and his epic dialogue in Glengarry Glen Ross, Google promises to always be covering connections to Gmail with encryption, or not, at a user’s discretion.