Search Google Securely
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the standard security technology used by websites to encrypt data that transfers between their servers and your computers. SSL is used on every bank site or every site which tends to collect your personal information. Google uses SSL encryption on many of its services including Gmail, Google Analytics, Google Adsense, Google Docs etc. They not only use SSL for log in purposes but for the entire application.
This helps users be more secure on the web. Today, Google announced that it is going to use SSL even on their homepage. SSL on Google’s homepage would allow you to search the web in a secure and private environment. Sites with SSL encryption start with https or have a browser lock sign.
Starting from today, users can search the web more securely by navigating their browsers to https://www.google.com.
Google did not forget to put its famous and highly controversial BETA tag on the service. The search engine giant says that BETA tag has been used because the service only covers the core Google web search product, while “Maps,” “News,” and “Images” are not yet covered.
Google even mentions that searching with SSL could be slower because your computer first needs to establish a secure connection with their servers. The certificate is valid till December 19, 2011 and is issued by Thawte SGC CA.
Google says – “When you search on https://www.google.com, 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.”