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Google starts SSL version of their search engine

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 May 2010 21:28 User comments (3)

Google starts SSL version of their search engine Google has announced today that it has started a beta Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) version of their search engine, encrypting the information that is sent between everyday users and the service.
You most likely use an SSL site everyday, as all online banking and most e-commerce sites use it. The URL will start with an "HTTPS" instead of the standard "HTTP." Most sites also use SSL when you are sending private information or creating a password.

Google has been using SSL encryption for Gmail, Google Docs and other services, but plain-old Google search had not used it.

Starting this morning, users can try searching more securely at

Adds the search giant: "When you search on, an encrypted connection is created between your browser and Google. This secured channel helps protect your search terms and your search results pages from being intercepted by a third party on your network. The service includes a modified logo to help indicate that you’re searching using SSL and that you may encounter a somewhat different Google search experience, but as always, remember to check the start of the address bar for “https” and your browser lock indicators."

The company says the "beta" tag is given because the service only covers the core Google web search product, while "Maps," "News," and "Images" are not yet covered. The company also notes that searches may be slightly slower than regular Google searches, due to the encryption process.

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3 user comments

123.5.2010 23:54

Whats the point?

224.5.2010 1:23

Originally posted by bobiroc:
Whats the point?
extra security

my old internet company monitors every last thing you do so if it's secure they cant see what you search therefore extra protection

but i think i will stick with normal Google i don't care all that much about security unless its transaction based

331.5.2010 6:35

Get more secure. I've been using https:// since I was in university.

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