Users will be redirected to https://www.google.com on signing in to their account
Search engine company Google has said that it is increasing the security for its default search experience for signed-in users.
Over the next few weeks, Google users will find the page being redirected to https://www.google.com (with the extra "s") when they sign in to their Google Account.
Th company said, "This change encrypts your search queries and Google’s results page. This is especially important when you’re using an unsecured Internet connection, such as a WiFi hotspot in an Internet cafe."
"You can also navigate to https://www.google.com directly if you’re signed out or if you don’t have a Google Account," said Google.
Google said that while searching from https://www.google.com, websites visited from its organic search listings will still know that the user has been redirected from Google, but won’t receive information about each individual query.
The websites, however, can receive an aggregated list of the top 1,000 search queries that drove traffic to their site for each of the past 30 days through Google Webmaster Tools, said Google. Similarly, on clicking on advertisements appearing on Google’s search results page, the browser will continue to send the relevant query over the network.
The enhancements follow Google’s efforts to increase its services’ use of an encryption protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
In January 2010, the company made SSL the default setting in Gmail. It introduced an encrypted search service located at https://encrypted.google.com four months later.
Other prominent Web companies have also added SSL support in recent months. Both Twitter and Facebook have recently introduced SSL encrypted options to their websites.
SSL is an encryption method that encrypts data between a website and anyone visiting it to prevent a third party from gaining access to the data.
Most of banks and other financial websites use the encryption tool to protect data from phishers and hackers.
However, the BBC said that the technology is ubiquitous and badly broken. It cited a research paper by security researchers Christopher Soghoian and Sid Stamm which said that the SSL method was vulnerable to several sophisticated attacks.
In March 2011, Comodo, a company that works on operating and administering the SSL system, was attacked.
"This is one of those cases where I can say I told you so but it doesn’t feel good to be able to say that," Soghoian told the BBC.