Google to Reward Encrypted Websites in GOOG Search Rankings

Google (GOOG) is offering an incentive to websites that are encrypted.

GoogleThe company announced that secure websites will be ranked higher in the search engine’s rankings, according to a blog post by Google. The tech giant is hoping that the move will encourage developers to use technology that will protect websites better from hackers looking to steal users’ information.

Google uses a variety of “signals” that help determine search rankings. There are about 200 of these signals including the level of security attached to them as well as how quickly the websites load.

“We hope to see more websites using HTTPS in the future,” read the blog post. “Let’s all make the web more secure!”

GOOG stock is down about 0.3% Thursday morning.

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