Google recently made it important for websites to be mobile friendly if they wanted to rank higher on SERPs. That was a big move and has forced all serious businesses to revamp or redesign their sites.
While the search giant is continually upping the standards for websites to deliver the best-possible user experience to its searchers, Mozilla is playing another level of game. Websites that want to reach out to its target audience on Firefox will have to offer HTTPS connections. They will have to be more secure than HTTP connections to be able to take advantage of the new features released by Mozilla.
The company hasn’t yet set the deadline for the new move. The announcement was made through an official blog post. The objective behind restricting its new features to HTTPS sites is to eliminate security threats. Mozilla further said that it will also be “phasing out” access to certain old features for HTTP sites.
However, there has been no announcement regarding the new set of features which will not be rolled out on HTTP sites. Presently, there has been no changes with regard to Firefox users being able to access such websites. There are indications that there will however be limitations with regard to access to the latest hardware capabilities. One of the currently active examples is that the browser already prevents constant permissions from HTTP sites to access phone and cameras.
At the same time the company is serious about maintaining the right balance so that non secure sites don’t break once the new update is rolled out. Firefox currently has an 11.7% desktop browser market share and 0.58% mobile device browser market share. The new set of changes by the web browser could affect its share as it is likely that many users will move away if they aren’t unable to get many HTTP sites rendered properly on their browsers. But it seems that the company is taking security and privacy more seriously than its market share.