Google has announced that it has moved its encrypted search service from https://www.google.com to https://encrypted.google.com in order to provide better services to its school partners.
Google's encrypted search service allows users to perform searches using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption, designed to prevent data sent over networks and the internet from being intercepted to see what users have been searching for.
On the Google enterprise blog, the company said that before this, school administrators wanting to block encrypted searches on https://www.google.com would end up blocking useful services like Google Apps for Education.
Google explains that schools wanted to block encrypted searches because it "creates an obscured channel between a user's computer and Google" that allow students to work around content filters to access adult material on the internet.
Writing on the blog, Dave Girouard, president of Google Enterprise, wrote: “Safety and security matter to Google, and we are committed to working with our partners in education so that we help keep students safe and secure on the Internet.”