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Search More Securely With Google SSL – Bing SSL on it’s way?

Every wondered how secure your Google searches are if you are browsing in an internet cafe? Yep, not very secure. But you can now securely search Google locking out all Firesheep users by using Google SSL. More after the break.

Search Google securely

Head over to https://encrypted.google.com/ to search Google securely.

SSL will encrypt all your searches and give you a more secure search session. If you want to make sure people can’t see what you search or you simply care about privacy and security, then this is definitely a great solution from Google. Google SSL is still a beta of course, but works just as well as the normal Google does.

Why use Google SSL and why not?

As mentioned above, it’s a security thing. But there’s more. If you don’t want a site that you visit regularly know that you are coming from Google, you can simply visit that site via Google SSL and the referrer will be empty as long as you don’t visit a SSL protected page on that specific site.

However, this could also be a disadvantage – some sites customize their landing pages for visitors coming from Google to quickly find the most useful entries on their site.

Google About Google SSL

SSL encrypts the communication channel between Google and a searcher’s computer. When search traffic is encrypted, it can’t be read by third parties trying to access the connection between a searcher’s computer and Google’s servers. Note that the SSL protocol does have some limitations — more details are below.

Learn more about Google SSL

Bing SSL

As of right now, there’s no Bing SSL search. Does Microsoft not care about secure searches? I’m sure they care as much about security as Google does, but the demand for a SSL search isn’t particularly high. If you think a SSL feature for Bing would be nice, head over to bing.com and suggest it! But it might very well be on it’s way already.

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Published: Monday, September 12th, 2011 Last Modified: September 12, 2011

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