Safari Will Stop Accepting Security Certificates Older Than 13 Months

In an effort to improve web security, Apple’s Safari browser will only accept HTTPS security certificates that expire in 398 days or less.

Google Chrome Will Start Blocking Insecure Downloads

Google announced in a blog post today that it is taking the next step toward protecting users from insecure downloads. Over the last couple of years, more and more websites are using HTTPS to secure traffic to their websites. One…

Google to Remove HTTPS Secure Indicator in September

The Secure URL label HTTPS will no longer be seen on Google Chrome by September of this year. Google believes that secure websites should be the norm and as such, do not need any more labels. The news was confirmed…

Google Chrome Browser Will Label HTTP Sites as ‘Not Secure’ Come July

Google has been warning people about the dangers of unencrypted websites for years. But now the company is taking more concrete steps by declaring all HTTP sites as “not secure” starting in July 2018. Google recently announced that the Chrome…

HTTPS Launched For All Custom Domains On WordPress.com

Automattic announced that they’re launching free HTTPS for all custom domains hosted on WordPress.com. WordPress.com has supported encryption for WordPress.com subdomains since 2014, but now it’s being expanded to over a million custom domains. The company says users will see…

Moz Finds HTTPS URLs 25% of Page-One Google Results Across 10,000 Queries

Google made HTTPS a ranking signal in its algorithm about a year and a half ago. According to Moz, HTTPS URLs make up about 25% of page-1 results in the MozCast 10K. The 10K refers to a set of 10,000…

Google Starts Indexing HTTPS Versions of URLs by Default

Google announced the latest step in its “HTTPS everywhere” initiative in that it will now serve HTTPS versions of URLs by default in its search results. Google will start crawling HTTPS equivalents of HTTP pages, even when the HTTPS version…

Google Trusted Stores Program Gets HTTPS Support [Report]

As reported earlier this week, it was discovered that the Google Trusted Stores program was not supporting sites using HTTPS. This is rather strange considering how much Google has been pushing for sites to use it. Barry Schwartz at Search…

HTTPS Sites Not Accepted As Google Trusted Stores?

Well, here’s another one of those “Come on, Google” moments. You know how Google has been pushing sites to go HTTPS? Well, people trying to get into Google’s own Trusted Store program have been rejected because their sites use HTTPS.…

Google Discovers ‘POODLE’ Vulnerability In SSL 3.0

Google announced that it has discovered a vulnerability (referred to as POODLE) in SSL version 3.0, the details of which can be found here. Bodo Möller of the Google Security Team found the issue along with fellow Googlers Thai Duong…

A Lot Of First-Page Google Results Are Using HTTPS

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

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 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

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 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 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

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 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

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

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…