Menu
Google offers encrypted Web search option

Google offers encrypted Web search option

The company will offer SSL protection for search data exchanged between users' browsers and Google servers

People who want to shield their use of Google's Web search engine from network snoops now have the option of encrypting the session with SSL protection.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology is designed to prevent unauthorized parties from sniffing data traveling between a user's computer and a server.

In the case of Google search, SSL will protect the transmission of search queries entered by users and the search results returned by Google servers.

Google will begin rolling out the encrypted version of its Web search engine on Friday. It will be available by typing "https" instead of "http" in the URL address bar.

"We think users will appreciate this new option for searching. It's a helpful addition to users' online privacy and security, and we'll continue to add encryption support for more search offerings," wrote Evan Roseman, a Google software engineer, in an official blog post.

The SSL Web search will be in beta, or test, mode for now and the user experience will vary from the regular service in a few ways. For instance, it will likely be slower because a secure connection has to be established. Initially, the SSL option will be available only for Web search and will not cover Google's specialty engines like image and maps search.

Google offers SSL protection for other of its services, like Gmail and the hosted Docs office productivity suite.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags SSLgoogle search

Events

EDGE 2024

Register your interest now for EDGE 2024!

Featured

Slideshows

How MSPs can capitalise on integrating AI into existing services

How MSPs can capitalise on integrating AI into existing services

​Given the pace of change, scale of digitalisation and evolution of generative AI, partners must get ahead of the trends to capture the best use of innovative AI solutions to develop new service opportunities. For MSPs, integrating AI capabilities into existing service portfolios can unlock enhancements in key areas including managed hosting, cloud computing and data centre management. This exclusive Reseller News roundtable in association with rhipe, a Crayon company and VMware, focused on how partners can integrate generative AI solutions into existing service offerings and unlocking new revenue streams.

How MSPs can capitalise on integrating AI into existing services
Access4 holds inaugural A/NZ Annual Conference

Access4 holds inaugural A/NZ Annual Conference

​Access4 held its inaugural Annual Conference in Port Douglass, Queensland, for Australia and New Zealand from 9-11 October, hosting partners from across the region with presentations on Access4 product updates, its 2023 Partner of the Year awards and more.

Access4 holds inaugural A/NZ Annual Conference
Show Comments