Security is a top priority for Google. And we are happy to hear, that Google uses HTTPS (encryption via SSL) as a ranking signal for Google Search.
In short, what this means is that sites offering HTTPS will get a small boost in the Google Search results.
Google provides some basic tips for webmasters (source):
- Decide the kind of certificate you need: single, multi-domain, or wildcard certificate
- Use 2048-bit key certificates
- Use relative URLs for resources that reside on the same secure domain
- Use protocol relative URLs for all other domains
- Check out our Site move article for more guidelines on how to change your website’s address
- Don’t block your HTTPS site from crawling using robots.txt
- Allow indexing of your pages by search engines where possible. Avoid the noindex robots meta tag.
Improve security and Google ranking of your website with a few easy steps
Keep your users data safe using 1&1 SSL certificates. Our SSL certificates are provided by GeoTrust® and offer 256-bit encryption and 2048bit root for your domain.
They provide encryption whether your visitors access your website using www. (www.mydomain.com) or directly (mydomain.com).
The most important features at a glance:
- Security: Strong 256-bit encryption; 2048-bit root
- Authentication: Domain validated
- Convenience: Easy to set up – It only takes a few minutes
- Universality: Support for more than 99% of browsers and most mobile device browsers
- Reissue Period: Unlimited, free reissues for lifetime of certificate / 6x/year
Managing your SSL certificates
Many 1&1 Web Hosting Packages already include SSL certificates
To review, if your package includes a SSL certificate, open your 1&1 Control Panel and select MyData > Show range of functions to show more information about your package.
Select Included Features > Web Hosting. Under SSL, there will be a list of available SSL certificates. Show my SSL certificates
If there are no certificates visible and your package is eligible for a SSL certificate, an upgrade link will be displayed within the Web Hosting section.