How To Make Google HTTPS (Secured SSL) Search Default in Google Chrome?

Google recently announced encrypted Google search over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). If you want to access the SSL encrypted Google web search page, then point your browsers to https://www.google.com/ https://encrypted.google.com/. SSL encrypts the information that travels between your computer and Google secured search service. This encrypted information cannot be read by third parties who may try to access the connection between a searcher’s computer and Google’s servers.

The new Google secured service includes a modified logo to help indicate that you’re searching using SSL and that you may encounter a somewhat different Google search experience, but as always, remember to check the start of the address bar for “https” and your browser lock indicators.

Google SSL search

How to make Google secured search default in Chrome?

  • Open Google Chrome web browser.
  • Click on the Wrench icon wrench icon and then select Options.
  • Under Google Chrome Options dialog box, click on the Basics tab and then click on the Manage button under Default Search.
  • Click on the Add button, and type the following:

    NameGoogle Secured Search
    Keywordgssl
    URLhttps://www.google.com/search?hl=all&sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s

    URL: https://encrypted.google.com/search?{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s

    Make Google SSL search default in Chrome

  • Click on the OK button and then click on Make Default to make this new search engine your default Google Chrome search engine.
  • Now, when you will type gssl in the Google Chrome address bar and press tab, it will automatically use Google secured search engine.
    gssl

After you make a search query using the custom Google secured search engine in Google Chrome, you will the results displayed using the new https Google secured search page as shown in the screenshot below:

google secured search results

P.S. Just a small tip: Regarding the custom search engine keyword, it is fully customizable and you can use your own keywords which you are comfortable with. Here, I have used gssl as I found it short, easy to type and remember. You can use anything like googlessl, googlesecure, etc… :)

Without doubt, Google SSL search is a step in the right direction. I suggest you give it a shot, and please leave your opinion in the comments!

Update: Article updated. Thanks to Anonymous for the tip.

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Comments

  1. Chris says

    Thanks for the post. Very helpful, I have now set it to my default search in chrome. Any word in how to do it in other browsers?

  2. HS says

    Thanks for this article, very easy to implement. Best part is that you don’t need to even use the keyword first to search via HTTPS. When that is your default engine any search via Chrome’s location bar automatically is routed through HTTPS.

    • says

      Hi HS,
      Welcome!
      Yes, you are correct, if you make secure search your default search engine then you don’t need the keyword for searching. :)

  3. Anonymous says

    Though this guide was correct in May, it is now incorrect. And since it shows up at the top of google, in should be corrected.

    In June Google redirected secure searches through https://encrypted.google.com/, instead of https://google.com/. So entering https://google.com/search?…etc., will now result in enough redirects to get you nowhere.

    If you want to have all the other google chrome omnibox features remain the same, you have to use this as the default search engine:
    https://encrypted.google.com/search?{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s

    Also, the address could be changing in the future. But the key will be removing the “encrypted” or changing it to something else. the https:// will always be that way.

  4. name says

    very very helpfull post ,
    very nice addition to google specially for people in country with censorship and monitoring
    thanx alot

  5. David Sutherland says

    I followed the instructions but changed “encryption.google.com” to “www.google.com” and everything seemed to work fine.

    I didn’t want my search to “stand out” demanding it need inspection.

    When traveling it’s not perfect security but “security by obscurity” is a real benefit. Saying “hey look I am searching and demanding everything be encrypted” seems a good way to get more notice than needed.

    • psst says

      If you want security through obscurity, you won’t gain or lose any by NOT using SSL to Google. You WILL lose the protection of some additional privacy.

      SSLs purpose is to add a layer of privacy of traffic content, not security, against private party snooping and man-in-the-middle attacks. Without SSL, all traffic is open for examination, making it trivial for a private party to read the content of the traffic in real time, intercept it, and modify it.

      Traffic origin and destination can’t be encoded or your packets wouldn’t be able to reach their destination. Unless they use SSL anonymizers don’t conceal the content of traffic between them and you. “Incognito” sessions don’t protect traffic.

      Since the NSA monitors ALL internet traffic in the US, and DOES (well documented) decrypt SSL traffic in real time, so there’s no privacy nor security through obscurity from the US government when you use the web.

      SSL encodes traffic to make the content unintelligible to a PRIVATE PARTY intercepting traffic. It doesn’t hide the origin of the query, and provides no protection from a root kit nor someone internally monitoring the searched server.

      Using SSL with Google, unless a private party wants to devote an inordinate amount of time or resources to decoding all the traffic destined for Google, the content of your query and the response are private enroute.

  6. psst says

    The current versions of Chrome allow you to not only add a new search engine, but to chrrome it as the default.

    If you wish it to be the default, use :
    “https://encrypted.google.com/search?{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s”
    as the address. The Omnibox searches will automatically go through the ssl site without needing the keyword..

  7. psst says

    The article title is wrong.

    https is not secured SSL, it’s secure(d content) http. SSL IS the security (secured socket layer).

  8. Sandeep says

    How to find the amount of data downloaded in a period of time by a browser/tab/a computer.. Please help me out. I tried googling, I din’t get any help.
    Thanks in advance for any info about the above..

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