Website security is important. Companies who receive and store information need to ensure that their web site does not just LOOK good but that it is secure. One of the ways many companies secure their web site is be using the “HTTPS” (Hyper Text Transport Layer Security) protocol to encrypt communication between the web browser and the server. You’ll know HTTPS is in action when there is an “https://” (note the “s) used in the web site name and also there will be an indication of security with a lock, showing a secure web connection.
Google, in an effort to boost more secure web sites is gently going to starting using a web sites security as one measure of web site security rankings.
- Decide the kind of certificate you need: single, multi-domain, or wildcard certificate
- Use 2048-bit key certificates
- Use relative URLs for resources that reside on the same secure domain
- Use protocol relative URLs for all other domains
- Check out our Site move article for more guidelines on how to change your website’s address
- Don’t block your HTTPS site from crawling using robots.txt
- Allow indexing of your pages by search engines where possible. Avoid the noindex robots meta tag
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