Web giant Google has taken a proactive step forward in its goal to make the internet a safer and more secure environment for people by using HTTPS to encrypt everyone on their homegrown blogging network, blogspot.
The company has announced that every blogspot domain will now use the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPS) by default.
The great news for bloggers here is that they shouldn’t have to do very much themselves to reap the benefits of the move, as the transition has taken place automatically and shouldn’t affect their blogs.
Moving all its Blogspot domains is part of Google’s mission to have HTTPS everywhere on the internet. The company began making HTTPS available to bloggers back in September when it began to trial HTTPS for its bloggers.
“HTTPS is fundamental to internet security; it protects the integrity and confidentiality of data sent between websites and visitors’ browsers.
Last September, we began rolling out HTTPS support for blogspot domain blogs so you could try it out. Today, we’re launching another milestone: an HTTPS version for every blogspot domain blog. With this change, visitors can access any blogspot domain blog over an encrypted channel.”
HTTPS will now be turned on by default which will make it harder for hackers to gain access to blogs, steal data and trash peoples blogs.
However, Google are leaving an option for bloggers to turn it off if they wish, and all visitors to blogspot blogs will be given the option to acces non HTTPS versions of blogs if they choose.
Not quite. Google have had to leverage the move with the caveat that HTTPS could cause some issues on some blogs, showing mixed content warnings, and this could be especially prevalent on the blogs that are dependent on resources from other websites that don’t use HTTPS.
Google hopes that these issues will be fixed quickly when they occur, and will hopefully only cause minor glitches and frustrations for users.
“While we’re proactively fixing most of these errors, some of them can only be fixed by you, the blog authors. To help spot and fix these errors, we recently released a mixed content warning tool that alerts you to possible mixed content issues in your posts, and gives you the option to fix them automatically before saving.”