When people spend lot of time on the internet, they want more control over who access their communication. There are may internet services which provides security using secure http connection i.e. https which uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connections to encrypt information that travel between your computer and the services. Banking and e-commerce websites use this technology to secure data communication.
Years ago Google added SSL encryption to products ranging from Gmail to Google Docs and others. Like banking and e-commerce sites, Google’s encryption extends beyond login passwords to the entire service. This session-wide encryption is a significant privacy advantage over systems that only encrypt login pages and credit card information.As a part of continuous improvement, google rolled out a choice to search more securely at: https://google.com
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. Remember to check the start of the address bar for “https” and your browser lock indicators:
This release comes with a “beta” label for a few reasons. First, it currently covers only the core Google web search product. To 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.
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.
To learn more about using the feature, refer to our help article on search over SSL.