How-To Geek

Encrypt Your Google Search Queries

If you’d like to keep your searches between you and Google (and not between you and anyone in between snooping) a secure search is just a simple URL change away.

Next time you head over to Google swap out for to establish an SSL tunnel between your browser and Google’s servers. This encrypts your searches between you and the big G but doesn’t encrypt your connection once you click on the results and navigate away from Google (and, of course, doesn’t hide your Sailor Moon pic searching from Google itself).

For more information about Google encrypted search hit up the link below.

Google Encrypted Search [Google via GHacks]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/3/11

Comments (4)

  1. Luke Rogerson

    It’s worth noting that Firefox users can accomplish this permanently with the “HTTPS Everywhere” extension. You can also use it to force HTTPS on things like Windows Live Mail, Amazon, Twitter, etc.

    Incidentally, you seem not to be able to use Google Shopping whilst you are browsing Google via SSL. It’s kind of annoying. Anyone know if there is a particular reason for this?

  2. asdf-chan

    Used it when they made it available, now i use scroogle

  3. Ja5087
  4. Friendly

    Do notice that the URL still contains the search string.

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