Secure Google searches from Chrome

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Jeremiah - Posted on 06 July 2010

Google has an SSL encrypted version of their search engine in beta, and it's nearly as speedy as the unencrypted standard search. Even for inane things like my Google searches, I'd rather it be secure, so I changed my default search in Google Chrome to use the https version.

On my Mac, I choose Preferences from the Chrome menu and in the Basics tab, click the Manage button next to Default Search. Click on the + button at the bottom of the window that opens, and you're ready. Name and Keyword can be anything; I used Google Secure for both.

Then for the URL, enter (all one line, of course):{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s

Click Ok, click Make Default, and you're done. Now when you type something in the URL/search bar, your search will be encrypted.

Speaking of SSL encryption, there's a great article on how to "overclock" your SSL, written by one of the Google employees who implemented default SSL for GMail.