In a post on the Google blog, Product Manager Evelyn Kao announced changes to the online services company’s search engine: Search results will now be encrypted by default.
Weâ€™ve worked hard over the past few years to increase our servicesâ€™ use of an encryption protocol called SSL, as well as encouraging the industry to adopt stronger security standards. For example, we madeÂ SSL the default setting in Gmail in January 2010 andÂ introduced an encrypted search service located atÂ https://encrypted.google.com four months later. Other prominent web companies haveÂ also added SSL support in recent months. […]
What does this mean for sites that receive clicks from Google search results? When you search fromÂ https://www.google.com, websites you visit from our organic search listings will still know that you came from Google, butÂ won’t receive information about each individual query. They can also receive an aggregated list of the top 1,000 search queries that drove traffic to their site for each of the past 30 days throughÂ Google Webmaster Tools.
This information helps webmasters keep more accurate statistics about their user traffic. If you choose to click on an ad appearing on our search results page, your browser will continue to send the relevant query over the network to enable advertisers to measure the effectiveness of their campaigns and to improve the ads and offers they present to you.
As we continue to add more support for SSL across our products and services, we hope to see similar action from other websites. Thatâ€™s why our researchersÂ publish information about SSL and provide advice to help facilitate broader use of the protocol. We hope that todayâ€™s move to increase the privacy and security of your web searches is only the next step in a broaderÂ industry effort to employ SSL encryption more widely and effectively.