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Google may boost search results of sites that use encryption

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Google(s goog) may soon give greater prominence in its search results to websites that use encryption, a move that would indirectly make it more difficult for hackers or governments to track what people do on the internet.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google executive Matt Cutts suggested at a recent conference that the search giant is considering an algorithmic boost for websites that encrypt data.

Web developers consider Cutts’s public statements to be significant because they telegraph forthcoming changes to the all-important Google rankings, although the story also suggests that Google will not making any changes in favor of encryption anytime soon.

Cutts’s proposal comes after  tech companies like Google and Yahoo have moved to encrypt more data in response to controversy over NSA spying revelations. Encryption means that it’s much harder for outside parties to “listen in” as data travels between company website and user computers, but — as the ongoing scare over the Heartbleed bug shows — it’s not perfect.

Any Google decision to emphasize encryption in search results would ripple widely because so many developers design websites in accordance with Google’s best practices.

3 Responses to “Google may boost search results of sites that use encryption”

  1. toni kingo

    Ha ha ha.. how would GOOGLE be able to rate a page, encrypted, if it cannot be read, and if google can read it, do you think for one minute that CIA then can’t? Or do you then think that Google wouldn’t “share” it with their friends? Keep in mind that AES encryption and others with them were export restricted until, .., until, Manindra Aggrawal and his two students cracked the prime search :-). . Then, suddenly, NSA “released” strong encryption. As if NSA waited for Manindra to crack it. Do you think for one minute that NSA was not able to crack the primes themselves? Haha ha ha. The logic is hilarious. Eeeh, we did pass April fools day, dint we? Or is this a belated April fools day joke?? Then better try to convince mevthat Empire State building or the liberty statue is slanting :-)

  2. toni kingo

    Its obvious that encryption is the way, imagine, not due to hiding even anything, but as a defense against government hackers such as NSA and their kins. Even encrypting normal emails and completely non interesting communication ie betwen myself and my kids would for myself be desirable. I find the government intrusion into privacy in disguise of anti terrorism comparable to speaking with clifted tongue. The same CIA agency who works to destabilise oil producing countries via bilateral financial and weapon support to both sides of the CIA created conflicts, also produces poverty, and thereby canon food for the terrorists organisations they want to portray themselves as fighting. That however is good because it feeds the notion that they (CIA) do a good job. Now to intercept the “terrorist” communication they now need to listen massively into all sorts of communucation, including the one between you, me, our kids etc., so best way to stop this is to simply reject access, as, as above said, the terrorists, are created by the very agency purporting to fight them. Check Bin Laden. Wasn’t he and his family founded by the US? CIA is a useless organisation, so is Snowden a useless person, all of these creating a sum of false value. Its like matter and antimatter, a creation out of nothing, with a summed up outcome of nothing. A pure waste of time. So yes, indeed, let the encryption start. Then CIA can go back to beard, blue glasses and cotton coats doing their soy business instead of disturbing us normal people with their heinous society destroying acts in disguise of being at our benefit. After all wasn’t that what they had to use in Afghanistan when their bad boys on their payroll stopped listening to baba? So, leave us out, or better yet, pack up. Meanwhile let us normal people start protecting ourselves against the cyber crime by using encryption.