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Google is considering giving higher search rankings to websites that use security encryption, according to The Wall Street Journal. If true, this could force more websites to adopt a secure setup, possibly making it harder for cyber criminals to spy on web users. This new idea was recently mentioned at a conference by Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s Webspam team. Still under consideration, if Google decides to move forward with this process, a change reportedly won’t happen for quite a while. 

Google’s push for web encryption could largely be a response to the negative attention the company received last year after it was revealed that the NSA tapped its servers, exposing private data of countless businesses and consumers. In addition to deterring unwanted web surveillance, this initiative could improve the quality of internet search results.

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