If the idea of sending your shady search queries into the ether makes you a little nervous, Google is coming to the rescue with a plan to encrypt searches. In the next few weeks, users that are signed into their Google account will automatically be directed to the HTTPS search page for secure searches.
Google says this change will be especially important to users that do searches from public Wi-Fi networks. SSL encryption has traditionally been used in banking and other financial sites, but it is increasingly being implemented in other ways. For instance, most email service how have SSL as the default view.
Sites that get clicks from searches will still see a list of aggregated search terms that were big winners, but will not get information about individual clicks. Users that don’t have a Google account, but want to be more secure can manually navigate to the HTTPS google site and search that way.