Google’s blog publishing service, Blogger, will be getting HTTPS support which will bring an added layer of security for content authors and visitors. Bloggers using the service can opt in today.
There has been a big push from high profile technology companies for wider adoption of HTTPS for websites and online services. HTTPS is essentially HTTP running on top of the transport layer security protocol, providing a secure channel for communication over the internet to protect against eavesdroppers and certain types of cyberattacks.
Most recently, Apple introduced an App Transport Security (ATS) feature on iOS 9 which blocks in-app adds for apps that don’t connect to web servers through HTTPS. Meanwhile, Google has been dedicated to HTTPS since 2008. Most of its services such as Gmail and Drive already use the it and the company even uses HTTPS as a ranking signal in its search engine to encourage website owners to make the switch.
Google will be deploying HTTPS support gradually to Blogger and blog authors on the service who are interested in opting-in to receive this support can do today. This can be done by logging into your Blogger account and heading over to the Settings section.
One thing to note is that once HTTPS is turned on for a blog on Blogger, authors may find that some of the current functionalities may not work properly, but most of that can be fixed manually by the authors themselves.
[Via Google Online Security Blog]