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It’s not often we’ve given Google credit for privacy or security steps, but this week is one of them. Following the steps by Facebook and Twitter we announced back in May, five months later, Google has just announced they are now offering SSL searches! Mind you this is a more significant step than that of Facebook or Twitter, as those involved in SEO/optimization will quickly realize that search keyword data is no longer provided to you as the web manager (They’ll provide you the top 1000 through their webmaster tools). And while optimization folks won’t be pleased, on behalf of the privacy and security community, I would like to give credit where credit is due, thanks Google!

Tech tip: Both https://www.google.com and https://encrypted.google.com work now, update all of your Google bookmarks, so others between you and Google can’t quietly see what you’re searching anymore!