Yesterday while I was goog’ling for some information, I noticed this below screen in the Google homepage. Wondered, if it was any new Doodle from Google!
Well, this is the Google Search over SSL. Using this, 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.
To use Google SSL, visit https://encrypted.google.com , when you perform a search!
What can you expect from searching over SSL?
- SSL encrypts the communication channel between Google and a searcher’s computer.
- 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.
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. Google web search is available over SSL, so other search products like Google Images and Google Maps are not currently available over SSL.!
Courtesy: Features: SSL Search (Google)