Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is the encryption that is used to protect sensitive online data from hackers and interception by third parties. Normally this form of encryption is used for sensitive data such as e-mail, Facebook and bank login information, but thanks to Google’s new security update, your Google search terms are now protected as well.
Currently you can access this high privacy search engine through Google’s Beta link, https://encrypted.google.com, or if you’re willing to wait for Google to automatically implement the update themselves, within a few weeks your normal Google search will be encrypted (only if you’re logged into a Google account, otherwise you’ll have to navigate to https://google.com directly).
And to make sure that you really are at the encrypted Google search engine (or any truly encrypted page) look for the green lock and the letters “https” in your navigation bar. By seeing this symbol, you can feel safe that the data you’re sending over the internet is protected from anyone that might be able to spy on your internet connection, which is most common on public WiFi networks.
(Post & image via Gizmodo)