Browsing Google with encryption (HTTPS) By: Sean

Posted on: July 5th, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

You have probably had to use HTTPS sometime before, most likely when logging into a website for payment, or something similar. However, most people don’t realize it is a good idea to use HTTPS whenever possible – especially in public places – to ensure that any private data you are transmitting is secure.

Without HTTPS SSL encryption, your information can be intercepted rather easily, and in some cases with a simple browser add-on. While there is a far higher risk of this in public places such as coffee shops, than in your own home, using encryption is a good habit to get into. With encryption enabled, sensitive information is much harder to obtain.

To ensure that your Google browsing is encrypted, use https://encrypted.google.com/ as your homepage. Note the https:// in front of the URL, instead of the normal http://

It should look something like this

Google HTTPS

For a guide on how to browse Facebook with HTTPS SSL encryption, check out this article on Get Socialed