Use HTTPS by default
Bing already supports HTTPS but it does not use it by default, unlike Google, DuckDuckGo, Startpage, and Ixquick.
Thanks for the feedback. We will add it to our list of items to investigate. We fully support HTTPS today if you choose to opt-into using this protocol.
Going to bump this as well, it has been over a year now. Considering Bing already supports HTTPS, it can't be that hard to redirect HTTP links and enable that as default. There is no reason this should be taking so long, the functionality is already there
I am going to comment and bump this idea since it has not been commented on in almost one year. Google Maps now uses HTTPS by default and I am considering using it from now on rather than Bing Maps, which I like more.
I'd rather use something that is more secure rather than something with better features.
Please re-consider this idea and speed up it's implementation.
What is the benefit of https? I don’t see it on every website, which can indicate our preferences as much as our searches. Sadly, it may be like putting bars on the ground floor window while the front door is open.
From Microsoft’s perspective, would the gain in privacy-conscious users be worth any extra cost in computing power to encrypt and decrypt the pages?
Creme Brulee commented
Since we now know that China (and perhaps others) can hack/scrape data [intransit?] from nearly any non-HTTPS URL, move everything to HTTPS for better security/privacy
Ben Bristow commented
There's no reason not to enable SSL by default. It's a two second tweak and adds much-needed privacy to your searches; more-so if you're on a public network.
What's the need for https in a web search? I'll let the professionals decide if this is needed, but I don't see it.
Tim Kassouf commented
I disagree completely. For a simple web search, there's no need for this level of security - and, in fact, I think it erodes the value of using HTTPS for actually sensitive digital communication to just use it for every search like this... This is a nonsense request. Don't do it.
I agree with you
It's 2015, Bing should use secure HTTPS connection by default!