Google turns on HTTPS for all blogspot blogs

Blog owners will have the option to automatically redirect all visitors to the HTTPS version

All blogs hosted on Google's blogspot.com domain can now be accessed over an encrypted HTTPS connection. This puts more control into the hands of blog readers who value privacy.

Google started offering users of its Blogger service the option to switch their blogspot.com sites to HTTPS in September, but now that setting was removed and all blogs received an HTTPS version that users can access.

Instead of the "HTTPS Availability" option, blog owners can now use a setting called "HTTPS Redirect," which will redirect all visitors to the HTTPS version of their blogs automatically. If the setting is not used, users will still be able to access the non-encrypted HTTP version.

Forcing HTTPS by default would have been better, but would have likely triggered mixed content alerts in users' browsers for some blogs. These errors happen when a website served over HTTPS loads resources, such as images and code, from external servers that don't use HTTPS.

"Mixed content is often caused by incompatible templates, gadgets, or post content," Google software security engineer Milinda Perera said in a blog post Tuesday. "While we're proactively fixing most of these errors, some of them can only be fixed by you, the blog authors."

To help authors detect such errors early, Google has built a tool directly into the Blogger editor that warns authors about mixed content issues even before a blog post is saved and published.

In addition to using blogspot subdomains, Google's Blogger service allows users to use their custom domains for their blogs; however, those blogs have not received HTTPS support yet.

This is in contrast to WordPress.com, the blogging platform run by Automattic, which recently enabled HTTPS by default for all custom domains. The company achieved that by partnering with Let's Encrypt, a new certificate authority that provides free SSL/TLS certificates and automates their deployment, configuration and renewal.

Users who want to always access the HTTPS version of a blogspot.com domain can install the HTTPS Everywhere extension developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation that's available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Googleblogs

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Lucian Constantin

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?