Google to Reward Sites With HTTPS Security
- According to Forbes, Google announced Wednesday that it will begin rewarding sites with HTTPS security by ranking them higher in its search results.
- For the past few months, the company has experimented by “taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms,” and according to a post on its blog, has seen positive results.
- For now, HTTPS is just a “lightweight signal that will affect “fewer than 1% of global queries and carrying less weight than other signals such as high-quality content.” But that could change over time as Google strives to “encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.”
Hackers Steal 1.2 Billion Passwords
- According to the New York Times, a Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.
- The records, discovered by Hold Security, a firm in Milwaukee, include confidential material gathered from 420,000 websites, including household names, and small Internet sites.
- Hold Security would not name the victims, citing nondisclosure agreements and a reluctance to name companies whose sites remained vulnerable.
Obama to sign cellphone unlocking legislation
- According to Politico, President Barack Obama pledged Friday to sign a bill passed by the House and Senate to legalize cellphone unlocking, in a rare example of tech policy advancing in Washington.
- The House passed the legislation just hours earlier, and the Senate approved the measure last week. The bill reverses a Library of Congress decision that made it illegal for cellphone users to unlock their devices to be used on other networks.
- Cellphone unlocking — the act of changing settings on a mobile device so it can be used on a different wireless network — was legal until the Library of Congress declared it copyright infringement in 2012.