Google finally rolls out "Google Encrypted Search". This search is quite unique and more secure in it's functionality! Google SSL encrypted version allows more secure and private searching between your computer and Google on the internet. It eliminates possibility of leaking data to any third party while search data is transferred between your computer and Google using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology.
Google's new Secure Search Engine looks like this:
To use this goto https://www.google.com/ instead of at http://www.google.com/ and Google search like you always do. The Advantage: 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 the network.
This is especially useful if you're using a public computer, an open WiFi network or you're using Google for sensitive searches. An interesting side-effect is that browsers no longer send referrals when you're clicking on search results that don't use SSL.
As you can see from the above snapshot, Google has once again, labeled it 'Beta'.
They, (Official Google Blog: Search more securely with encrypted Google web search) explains this as, "First, it currently covers only the core Google web search product. To help avoid misunderstanding, when you search using SSL, you won’t see links to offerings like Image Search and Maps that, for the most part, don’t support SSL at this time. Also, since SSL connections require additional time to set up the encryption between your browser and the remote web server, your experience with search over SSL might be slightly slower than your regular Google search experience. What won’t change is that you will still get the same great search results."
But, Google has also reminded it's users, "A few notes to remember: Google will still maintain search data to improve your search quality and to provide better service. Searching over SSL doesn’t reduce the data sent to Google — it only hides that data from third parties who seek it. And clicking on any of the web results, including Google universal search results for unsupported services like Google Images, could take you out of SSL mode. Our hope is that more websites and services will add support for SSL to help create a better and more consistent experience for you."
Thus, overall, we hope that Google Encrypted Search will flourish and provide us with much safer, secured, better connectivity.
Cheerz! Have a Nice Day! :)