WordPress.org now delivered over SSL

wp-httpsWordPress.org is now delivered over SSL. I saw an exchange between John Turner and Pippin Williamson that noted the change, visible as the default result in Google’s search engine results.

If you visit WordPress.org over Http, it won’t redirect you to Https yet, but Google is indexed that way, and I assume that eventually all visitors may get redirected.

Why is SSL important?

I really like the way Zack from The Theme Foundry described SSL and why it’s important when they announced their switch a couple of weeks ago:

An SSL connection encrypts all the data that is passed between your browser and our web server. This prevents someone from intercepting those communications. SSL is like two people talking in a private room. Unencrypted connections of the http variety are like talking in a crowded bar, where anyone on the network can listen in. As the web matures, and attacks get more sophisticated, SSL is becoming more and more important.