A recent article on Neowin caught my attention that suggested that Google was changing the default search engine at least for some users to Google encrypted search. Whenever these users search they are automatically redirected to https://encrypted.google.com instead of the standard Google search address.
Encrypted search, often referred to as Google SSL, improves the protection against some attack forms that spy on a computer's traffic. SSL search is only enabled on some Google properties. Google images and Google Maps for instance are available over SSL currently.
Chrome users who have experienced the switch to encrypted search may want to know how they can disable the feature again. Other users on the other hand may want to enable encrypted search. The following guide explains how to do that.
Google Chrome searches are initiated from the Chrome address bar since there is no additional search form available in the interface.
To change the default search engine, users need to click on the Wrench icon in the Chrome address toolbar, and select options from the pulldown menu.
The default search engine can be selected under Search on the first page that is opened.
Available for selection are the standard unencrypted Google Search engine, encrypted Google Search, Bing and two location based services. It is furthermore possible to add search engines by clicking on Manage search engines.
Users can change the search engine with a click on the pulldown menu and the selection of one of the available search engines. Google unencrypted users can for instance selected Google encrypted to search with SSL from that moment on, Google encrypted users can switch back to the standard Google search engine, Bing, or one of the other available search engines to get rid of encrypted search.
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