Google just rolled out SSL encryption to Google Search. The option is currently in beta, therefore the users aren’t automatically transferred to https. Over the years, Google started adding SSL capabilities to their portfolio of online products, most notably making it the default option for all Gmail users in early 2010. Enrypted search was announced the last week after the unintended collection of payload data happenings in Europe.
From the official Gmail blog:
Today’s release comes with a “beta” label for a few reasons. First, it currently covers only the core Google web search product. To help avoid misunderstanding, when you search using SSL, you won’t see links to offerings like Image Search and Maps that, for the most part, don’t support SSL at this time. Also, since SSL connections require additional time to set up the encryption between your browser and the remote web server, your experience with search over SSL might be slightly slower than your regular Google search experience. What won’t change is that you will still get the same great search results.
Encrypted Google search is available on https://www.google.com/