Google some time ago started to test and later on implement encrypted search on its search engine for all users signed in to a Google account.
The majority of users may not have noticed the change at all as it may not be indicated clearly in the browser anymore.
Google Chrome for instance is not highlighting the protocol type used to connect to Google anymore, and since you do not get other visual indicators that have been part of browsers in the past, like a lock icon, you do not really know if you are connected via http or https to the site (Am I the only one who thinks that this type of minimalism has gone too far?)
While you can check that out with a click on the site's favicon or icon in front of the search term, it is probably nothing that most users know or will do to find out.
A click on the icon in front of the search term and the selection of the connection tab reveals whether the connection is encrypted.
Google just announced that it has enabled encrypted search for users who are not signed in to a Google account starting with Chrome 25. The version of the browser is currently available in the beta channel which means that stable users of the browser will get it next in the next couple of weeks.
Encrypted search is always active if you are searching from Chrome's address bar and if Google Search is the search provider that the browser users to perform the searches.
If you can't or do not want to use Google encrypted search you have two options: you can either change the default search provider so that queries are not sent to Google Search but another search engine, or, you can avoid using the address bar for searches and only search directly on search engines that you open manually in the browser.
Most users should not see a difference at all when they search in Chrome. Other companies, Mozilla and Apple for instance, have also enabled SSL for searches users conduct in the company browsers.Advertisement
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