Google Secure SSL Search
Google has launched secure search. With Google search over SSL, you can have encrypted search between your computer and Google. This will help protect your ‘search terms’ and your ‘search results pages’ from being intercepted by a third party. It means more secure and private search experience for you.
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a protocol that helps provide secure Internet communications for services like web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, and other data transfers. When you search over SSL, your search queries and search traffic are encrypted so they can’t be read by any intermediary party such as employers and internet service providers (ISPs) who can monitor the internet traffic.
To use search over SSL, visit https://www.google.com. Only Google web search is available over SSL, so other search products like Google Images and Google Maps are not currently available over SSL.
Google is currently redirecting SSL search page to the standard Google search page.
Google will still maintain search data to improve your search quality. Searching over SSL doesn’t reduce the data sent to Google. It only hides that data from third parties.