Google has launched an encrypted version of its search engine. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is already the default setting for Gmail users. Google is now giving its users a more secure option for search. Evan Roseman, a software engineer at Google, said:
This secured channel helps protect your search terms and your search results pages from being intercepted by a third party on your network.
The service will remain in beta while Google adds SSL to services like Image Search and Maps. The encrypted search engine will be slower, according to V3.co.uk. Google will also continue to save user search data to optimize search quality.