Google is going to end the encrypted.google.com search domain, which means you’re not able to search with this domain anymore after the April 30, 2018. According to Google the change will be made because every modern Browser automatically connecting (by default) to the secure google.com URL.
Why the change?
Google created encrypted.google.com to give users a way to securely search the internet. Now, all Google products and most newer browsers, like Chrome, automatically use HTTPS connections.
Google basically is saying here that the default search is already encrypted (which is true) and because the fact that every modern browser supports HTTPS there is no need for a specific URL/Domain.
The online search google.com was already since years protected by HTTPS exactly the same way like encrypted.google.com the problem here was that several outdated pages still tried to connect to the search via HTTP, this is however already fixed in all Browser.
No reasons to worry
Before someone is going to start conspiracy theories, the encryption level was always the same and there was no differences except the URL.
Google, Bing & Yahoo – all of the major search engines track your search history and build profiles on you, serving different results based on your search history. Try one of these alternative search engines if you’re tired of being tracked.
- StartPage / Xquick
- Disconnect Search
Google changes something and everyone is freaking out, nope – not this time stay calm and keep going I say. The search which are done here is pretty much okay because the default URL Google.com is already encrypted since years, if you get redirected ensure you check your Browser and on which version you are.
Addons like HTTPS-Everywhere are dying because every modern page has HTTPS anyway because certificates are cheap and it’s not difficult to ‘convert’ your page into HTTPS. For us as user this change is good because we’re getting overall a better Internet which now tries more and more to get rid of the old stuff – If you ask me we need to do such changes more faster to ensure that even the last user is protected against the known HTTP problems.