in , ,

Encrypted websites could get boosted on Google Search results

Google is considering giving encrypted sites a boost in search result rankings. The move, which would encourage developers to use encryption, is being pushed by Google executive Matt Cutts, and the company is in the “early” stages of a conversation about rewarding encrypted sites, according to the report. Google rewarding encrypted sites with boosted search results rankings “would be a wonderful thing,” Kevin Mahaffey, chief technology officer at mobile-security company Lookout, told The Wall Street Journal.

Tweaking Google’s search algorithm in favor of encrypted sites could encourage better security across the web. Google is considering giving a boost to encrypted sites in its search-engine results, one of its top engineers has hinted. Matt Cutts, an engineer in charge of liaising with website designers and minimizing spam in search, said that by doing so Google would make it harder for third parties to spy on Internet users. He was speaking at the SMX West conference in San Jose, Ca., Rewarding sites for adopting encryption “would be a huge step,” said search expert Danny Sullivan, editor of Search Engine Land. Cutts said encouraging encryption was important, because once sites had been hacked “We don’t have the time to maybe hold your hand and walk you through and show you exactly where it happened.”

What do you think?

Avatar of Connor Livingston

Written by Connor Livingston

Connor Livingston is a tech blogger who will be launching his own site soon, Lythyum. He lives in Oceanside, California, and has never surfed in his life. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

Hawkeye could bring “eye in the sky” surveillance to cities

Swedish politicians battle it out in a StarCraft competition