According to google, they say that HTTPS based sites deserve a higher ranking signal than those with only HTTP.
Many sites still use HTTP and HTTP is faster than HTTPS because HTTPS requires an additional handshake which increases the time-to-first-byte of a page.
Google goes on to explain in their own way how HTTPS works here: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6073543?utm_source=wmx_blog&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=tls_en_post
They claim no one can listen to one's conversation over HTTPS, however I think anyone can hack any system (even HTTPS). Heck, even texts on cellphones can be hacked.
They also claim data over HTTPS cannot be corrupted without being detected, but I don't understand how HTTP is any different in this regard.
And they think that with HTTPS, it can be proven that users communicate with the intended website, but I believe some kind of man-in-the-middle attack (or data corruption) can happen at any point during the HTTPS session (even in the DNS lookup stage).
I apologize if I am bashing HTTPS hard. Whoever invented HTTPS may be trying to make the internet more secure, but there are hackers who can get into anything and everything.
So my question then is, how do I make it where google doesn't use HTTPS as a ranking signal for websites whose sole purpose is to provide general non-secretive information to the whole wide world?
More info on HTTPS
One website claims that HTTPS does NOT make a website more secure, and:
Ever since Google made their announcement that they were exploring the idea of using HTTPS as a Ranking Signal for your SEO, the web has gone nuts for HTTPS. For a number of security professionals it’s generated groans and a heightened level of annoyance and consternation at what has become an over abundance of irrational thought, perspective and improper guidance and insight.