Google has added support to search over SSL secure encrypted connection, where user can enjoy end-to-end encrypted search between local computer and Google’s server. Secure Google Search communication channel helps protect search terms and search results pages from being intercepted or sniffed by malicious hackers or third-party proxies.

To search with Google over SSL secure connection, users can manually visit https://encrypted.google.com. However, the Google Search search provider which been added to Internet Explorer (IE7, IE8 and IE9) through Windows Internet Explorer Add-ons Gallery does not use Google over SSL URL as default search provider, for both searches and search suggestions in the IE search box.

To force the IE built-in search box to use Google SSL Search, just following the trick in the guide below to install and add a search provide that default to using encrypted Google SSL Search URL to perform searches and provide type-ahead search suggestions securely.

  1. In IE, click on the “Down Arrow” at the end of the search box, then go to Find More Providers…. Alternatively, visit directly to URL of http://www.ieaddons.com/searchproviders.

    Add More IE Search Providers

  2. At the bottom of the web page, click on Create your own Search Provider link.

    Create Custom Search Providers for IE

  3. Enter the following string into URL text box:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=TEST

    Install Google SSL Search Providers

    And provides a name to the new custom search provider, such as Google (SSL).

  4. Click on Install Search Provider button.

    Install Google SSL Search Provider

  5. Click on Add button when promoted to confirm that you want to add this search provider. Yo can choose to make the Google SSL Search as the default search providers, and to use search suggestions from it by checking the respective check boxes.

    Add Search Provider

  6. Once installed, user can select the Google SSL search provider from the drop down list of the IE search box.

    Google SSL Search

    To make Google SSL Search as default search provider (if not been made default when adding), just go to “Manage Search Providers” in the search box drop-down list, highlight Google SSL Search and click on “Set as default”.

Note that only Google web search is available over SSL. Other search products like Google Images and Google Maps are not currently available over SSL. When you’re searching over SSL, these properties may not appear in the left panel.

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