In recent years, Google has been promoting a safer Internet through services like Gmail, YouTube and Google Search. By using HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure), websites can provide greater security for users, minimizing spying, attacks and data modification.
In a post on Google Webmaster Central Official Blog, Google announced that it will give priority to sites that present the HTTPS protocol. Thus, the indexing system will look for more HTTPS pages.
According to the company, now the indexing system will look for more HTTPS pages. Specifically, Google will 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, Google will typically choose to index the HTTPS URL on the following condition:-
- It doesn’t contain insecure dependencies.
- It isn’t blocked from crawling by robots.txt.
- It doesn’t redirect users to or through an insecure HTTP page.
- It doesn’t have a rel=”canonical” link to the HTTP page.
- It doesn’t contain a noindex robots meta tag.
- It doesn’t have on-host outlinks to HTTP URLs.
- The sitemaps lists the HTTPS URL, or doesn’t list the HTTP version of the URL
- The server has a valid TLS certificate.
By prioritizing HTTPS page in search results, Google hopes to reduce the risks for users to surf the internet, making them less vulnerable to espionage attacks or data theft.
We are excited about one more step towards a safer web,” said Zineb Ait Bahajji, member of the Google Security and the search engine for indexing team.