Google Encrypted Search

Monday, May 31, 2010

Google just launched the encrypted search service!

Basically, it works pretty much in the same way online banking or other login pages work. Using Secure Sockets Layer connections, the connection between you and Google is encrypted, so third parties (on your network), beyond you and Google, cannot look at your search terms and your search results pages.

Note that encrypted search does not mean Google no longer stores your search data - it only means third parties cannot listen in to the connection between you and Google. If you don't want Google tracking you, there is a number of things that can be used to block various Google services. For search is one of them.

It is also important to note that this is a beta service, so for now, it only works with traditional search results - Google Maps or Google Image search is not yet supported, so switching to those results may take you out of your encrypted connection. It goes without saying that the encrypted connection may lead to slightly slower results; the search results in and of themselves are not affected.


Ellimist said...

About time something like this happened.