Google is rolling out a default SSL encryption for searches made on its platform.
In a blog post, the company said the search results will be encrypted only when users connect to Google Search using their Google accounts. Google, which made SSL encryption default for Gmail back in January 2010, said that users who are visiting Google search while logged in, will be redirected to the secure Google website.
The encryption method will prevent third parties from snooping on searches made by users with their Google account. Users will also be able to visit encrypted search results pages even after they log-off from their accounts.
“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,” Google explained.
The company also revealed that websites will know which traffic is coming from Google, but won’t be able to see individual search queries.