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Google Launches Encrypted Search Feature




Google users can now run encrypted searches simply by using the company new “beta” site

The search engine GOOGLE has launched a “beta” encrypted search web site. The change brings the same web security system that protects online bank transactions and secure shopping to search engines. Encryption makes it hard for anyone in between your computer and Google’s servers to intercept and see the terms you search for or the results Google returns. Google's new search option does not however, keep Google from storing and analyzing your searches, nor does it disable “smart” software that tracks your marketing preferences. The encryption software is designed only to prevent eavesdroppers from analyzing the URL or content to see the search terms you are sending to Google, or the results.

To use Google's new encrypted site, go to https://www.google.com. Make sure that the URL is for "https" and not "http" - look for the lock symbol over the "e" in "Google." When you use the encrypted site, all an eavesdropper can see is that you are using Google, nothing else.

Before you decide that Google is a selfless provider of new security measures to keep online users safe – Google decided to launch the option only after the search company admitted it had been eavesdropping on and recording user activity on unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. It turns out that whenever Google's “Street View” cars were taking pictures of cities around the world, they were also recording activity on local Wi-Fi networks.
Published May 26 2010, 02:39 PM by IdentityTheft
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