For those of you who think that you are being spied on while you are on the internet, Google has the solution for you, Google SSL Search. With Google search over SSL, you can have an end-to-end encrypted search solution between you 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.

To use search over SSL, visit https://www.google.com each time you perform a search. Only Google web search is available over SSL, so other search products like Google Images and Google Maps are not currently available over SSL.

Here is how it works:

  • SSL encrypts the communication between Google and a user’s computer. When search traffic is encrypted, it can’t be read by third parties trying to access the connection between a user’s computer and Google’s servers.
  • As another layer of privacy, SSL search turns off a browser’s referrers. 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.

Please also not that even though SSL gives an extra layer of security it will not provide full security from anything you access. Likewise if your computer is infected with malware or key-loggers you are not secure so always run check to make sure your computer is protected.

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