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Google SSL Beta

Well, Google has come up with a new way to search the internet more securely. You can search Google using SSL at https://encrypted.google.com/ . I guess it is more for peace of mind, because other than the “Google SSL Beta” logo on the page, there is no real way to tell that you are secure. Well, then again, I never thought of “Google Searching” to be unsecure (unless you click on links that look shady). I guess this is the way Google is planning to go with their search engine. I guess if it actually makes a difference in our security as web surfers, then this could be awesome. I have this now set as my homepage, so I guess I will search securely from now on.

Quote From Google:

With Google search over SSL, you can have an end-to-end encrypted search solution between your computer and Google. This secured channel helps protect your search terms and your search results pages from being intercepted by a third party. This provides you with a more secure and private search experience. What is SSL?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a protocol that helps provide secure Internet communications for services like web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, and other data transfers. When you search over SSL, your search queries and search traffic are encrypted so they can’t be read by any intermediary party such as employers and internet service providers (ISPs).
What can I expect from search over SSL?
Here’s how searching over SSL is different from regular Google search:

* SSL encrypts the communication channel between Google and a searcher’s computer. When search traffic is encrypted, it can’t be read by third parties trying to access the connection between a searcher’s computer and Google’s servers. Note that the SSL protocol does have some limitations — more details are below.
* As another layer of privacy, SSL search turns off a browser’s referrers New window icon. Web browsers typically turn off referrers when going from HTTPS to HTTP mode to provide extra privacy. By clicking on a search result that takes you to an HTTP site, you could disable any customizations that the website provides based on the referrer information.
* At this time, search over SSL is supported only on Google web search. We will continue to work to support other products like Images and Maps. All features that are not supported have been removed from the left panel and the row of links at the top. You’ll continue to see integrated results like images and maps, and clicking those results will take you out of encrypted search mode.
* Your Google experience using SSL search might be slightly slower than you’re used to because your computer needs to first establish a secure connection with Google.

Note that SSL search does not reduce the data that Google receives and logs when you search, or change the listing of these terms in your Web History New window icon.

Article Written By Nick Miller of http://www.nickmiller.co.cc/

Don’t Google with Google[.com]

Yes I know, its a confusing title. Its not like I don’t like Google, its a great search engine and its name is knowing by more people than Chuck Norris’s. [fact]

But there are better websites for searching out there, no im not talking about Bing or Yahoo. im talking about the Google, you will see what I mean. Here is a list of my top 8: [no particular order]

1: http://www.google.com/intl/xx-hacker/

- Its just Google with a “hacker” language, sort of an an easter egg.

2: http://www.google.com/intl/xx-pirate/

-again its just Google but this time with the great almighty pirate language, another easter egg by google.

3: http://www.mysterygoogle.com/

- its just random searches, nothing what you type into the search at all. little thing I found: type in hello

4: http://web.archive.org/web/19981111183552/google.stanford.edu/

- the first version of google. not much to tell about this one.

5: http://www.searchkindly.org/

- gives money to charity for every search, so why not? you just use it as a search engine, nothing more and it uses the Google search engine

6: http://www.blackle.com/

- it is said it uses less power having a black screen but for LCD monitors its about the same, but if you still have a CRT monitor be green and give it a try.

7: http://www.helpuu.com/

- another charity Google powered website, looks more user friendly. all you have to do is search…

8: http://ripple.org/

- man doesn’t it feel good giving stuff to charity’s for doing nothing other than changing from searching from Google to searching from Google.

see you don’t have to Google with Google :D