SSL-enabled beta version will protect users from prying eyes and ISPs
Google has enabled a beta-version of its encrypted search that was introduced last year.
The encrypted search service (https://encrypted.google.com/) will use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protection to avoid third parties to understand the data transmisset between a computer and Google, the Guardian reported.
The SSL protocol helps provide secure Internet communications for services like Web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, and other data transfers, says the company.
Google says, "When you search over SSL, your search queries and search traffic are encrypted so they can’t be read by any intermediary party such as employers and internet service providers (ISPs)."
However, Google will not allow veiwing pornographic sites because connections made via the search engine to non-secured sites will be visible in the same way as before.
At present, other services such as Google Images and Maps do have the encrypted SSL search facility.