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Google forcing HTTPS for websites

Postby HPW » Wed May 10, 2017 12:55 am


Google Chrome marks regular HTTP website as unsecure.
You can also read that regualar HTTP website gets lower ranking in google search results.

We as website-owners must get a SSL-certifikate for the website and switch to HTTPS and this will cost extra.
So is it worth to invest such money?
neobook's and the forums website are such websites.
My homepage with my plugin-page also is one.

So is it a must-have ???

Other question: Does the browser object in neobook support HTTPS webpages?

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Re: Google forcing HTTPS for websites

Postby virger » Wed May 10, 2017 6:30 am

Does the browser object in neobook support HTTPS webpages?

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Re: Google forcing HTTPS for websites

Postby Neosoft Support » Wed May 10, 2017 6:17 pm

Does the browser object in neobook support HTTPS webpages?

You can certainly display secure https websites with NeoBook's browser. Since the browser is based on IE11, you could argue that it's less secure than other browsers. However, I believe that Microsoft is still providing security patches for IE11.

Many popular websites are still http, so unless you're collecting personal or confidential information from your visitors I'm not sure why you would need to pay for a SSL certificate. Also, https sites are generally slower than http sites.

It seems like Google (as basically a search monopoly) should be neutral with regard to website appearance, content, etc. They should present results based on relevance and popularity rather than their own arbitrary conditions. Let web users decide what they want to see. If users prefer ugly mobile sites or https sites, then those sites will be more popular and naturally appear at the top of searches. Maybe adding these expensive burdens is a way to get rid of the little guys.
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Re: Google forcing HTTPS for websites

Postby Wrangler » Thu May 11, 2017 10:12 am

This has been in the works for a while. Article I read a few months ago said google was going to provide free ssl certs to anyone who wanted one. But I haven't heard anything recently on that. Right now, I know of one site that offers free certs:
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