How Can I Encrypt My Searches On Google?

Do you surf the web at work and wish that your boss didn’t know what web sites you are looking for? Or perhaps you search at home and would rather your ISP didn’t know quite so much about you. Well now you can.

Next time you want to find something through Google you can append a few characters to go to instead.

This version of Google’s homepage utilises SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) in order to give you a more secure and private searching experience through the use of encryption.

How Can I Encrypt My Searches On Google?

The only real down side to using this encrypted version of Google is the fact that it is very slightly slower in generated results but I don’t think that is a particularly high price to pay. Right now you can only use this version of the search engine for web and image searching but it seems that Google are implying that other services such as Google News and Google Maps may get added at a later date.

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  1. I used Google HTTPS Search for a while and realized that this is futile.


    The URL still contain your search terms, as a result of the Google Search Form Method “GET” instead of “POST”.

    While your search results are indeed encrypted, your URL is not. So anyone monitoring your visited websites (whether a proxy in an Internet Cafe or your company) can replicate your search result pages by simply pasting the URL.

    • Hmmmm, that rather diminishes it’s usefulness doesn’t it!

    • No – HTTPS sends the HTTP request inside an encrypted SSL tunnel. The url you are requesting is encrypted, however, the domain name being visited is not. This is because the domain is used to establish the SSL connection with the server.

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