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    Lightbulb Encrypted Google search coming to a browser near you

    I'm sure some of you were already aware of this~ but here's the latest for those who might be interested...

    By Jacqui Cheng | Last updated 2 days ago


    Google has begun rolling out an encrypted version of its search engine in an effort to protect Internet users from having their searches sniffed by others on their network. The new version of Google is SSL encrypted and located at https://www.google.com/. Like many of Google's other changes, it's being rolled out slowly to all users who choose to search securely.

    SSL search means that an encrypted connection is created between your browser and Google's servers. When you perform a search, your search terms and whatever results come back from them will only be visible to you—anyone who might be sniffing packets on your network (such as, say, Google!) won't be able to see that you're looking up cures for hemorrhoids, the lyrics to every song in the musical Cats, or something worse.

    Google's encrypted search launch comes in the wake of the company's own WiFi data sniffing debacle, for which it may face probes in both Germany and the US (as well as a class-action lawsuit). This privacy slip-up is a stark reminder that much of our regular WiFi traffic can be snooped on by others on the network—doubly so if the network is open or shared, like the one I'm using at the coffee shop as I write this.

    It's likely that Google was already working on an SSL search before the Street View drama started, though, as the company had already rolled out encrypted versions of Gmail and Google Docs. Search seems like the next logical step, though Google says it's only in "beta" for now (surprise!). The reasoning for the beta tag is because SSL only covers the core search technology for the time being—if you decide to use it, you won't get results for Google Maps or Google Images until SSL is supported for those services as well.

    "Also, since SSL connections require additional time to set up the encryption between your browser and the remote web server, your experience with search over SSL might be slightly slower than your regular Google search experience," Google wrote in a blog post. "What won’t change is that you will still get the same great search results."

    Google makes it clear that it will still collect search data when you use the secure search engine so that it can improve search quality. Users can tell they're on the encrypted version of Google by looking for the lock icon in the Google logo, as well as in their Web browsers.

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    Default Re: Encrypted Google search coming to a browser near you

    But it is still GOOGLE
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    Default Re: Encrypted Google search coming to a browser near you

    Remember back when strong-encryption technology was considered a weapon?

    Then all of a sudden it was ok to use 128bit SSL encryption.

    Ask yourself why all of a sudden it was not deemed necessary to control such technology.

    AJ..

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