Encryption has been a pervasive topic as of late, and for good reason. As the web becomes more crucial to our everyday lives, we begin to lose the sense of privacy we would otherwise have. Now WordPress, the world's largest  content management system that powers 25 percent of the web, has decided to join the revolt against unwanted surveillance.
It’s accomplishing this by giving free HTTPS to every custom domain featured on the site, which means not just improved security, but also higher rankings for WordPress users in Google search results.

WordPress.com is adding HTTPS support for all of its blogs. If you have a custom domain or a blog under the wordpress.com domain name (like abc.wordpress.com), you’re good to go.

While many social services like Facebook and Twitter have supported HTTPS for a while now, WordPress.com was still lagging behind for custom domain names.

The company notes that while WordPress.com subdomains have been encrypted since 2014, custom domains are finally being given the same treatment, bringing a quarter of all websites (including this one) up to par with Internet security standards.
Automatically, from here on out, every web page running on WordPress will automatically defer to an “https://” address, even if you type “http://” before the domain name in the address bar. A green lock icon in the address bar will indicate that your site is HTTPS-enabled, which should go into effect immediately. If you’re newly registering for a WordPress site, the company says you’ll receive the encryption update “within minutes.”

Thanks to the Let’s Encrypt project, it has become much cheaper and easier to implement HTTPS across the web. WordPress.com is taking advantage of this initiative for its websites. Each website now has an SSL certificate and will display a green lock in your address back.

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