Turn On Google Secure Search Mode Permanently

by Rohit Khurana on January 7, 2011

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Lately there has been a lot of progress in the world of internet technology and with that the progress done by hackers and malicious tools has also been significant. There are a lot of features available these days online like if you are using Google as your search engine then you can personalize it in many ways like voice search, Google instant and Google quick scroll. These features save the keywords that you type in a location so that you can get to the regularly typed keywords with ease but what can happen is that if the connection is not secure then it can be accessed by a hacking application and that can breach your privacy.

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So to get hold of the situation Google is out with a solution and that is you can perform a secure end to end search via SSL ( secure socket layer ). This service is for people who think that their search terms or keywords can be intercepted by hackers or malware through plain text transmitted via web traffic, so what this service does is it sends your keywords in a encrypted format.

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Google SSL can be accessed at https://encrypted.google.com and you can make sure that you are on the right page by looking at the logo which has got a lock and SSL symbol on the top right.

Now let me tell you how to set this web page as default search engine

  1. Launch Google Chrome
  2. Click on the small tool icon on the top right side of the Google Chrome screen
  3. Go to the basics tab
  4. Under the search section Click on the Manage button
  5. Click on the add button and enter the following information

Name: Google(SSL)

Keyword : search ssl ( You can enter what ever you like)

URL : https://www.google.com/search?{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%

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6. Click OK when done

7.  On the search engine list highlight Google(SSL) and click on the Make default button. This will make the Google (SSL) the default search engine for your  computer.

Now whenever you search from chrome your search terms will be sent in an encrypted format and the search results will be presented on the SSL secure page.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Patrick Fatchick August 4, 2011 at 10:25 am

Using Chrome 14.0.803.0/Ubuntu 10.04 and for some reason it won’t let me make this a default? I’ve never had this problem before.

fastoy August 9, 2011 at 4:16 am

13.0.782.107 m/Windows won’t let me make this the default either.

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