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/