Yesterday, Google announced a new feature for its world dominating popular search engine, SSL. By simply directing your web browser to you can take advantage of a secure, fully encrypted web query. Here is what Google had to say about their latest beta feature:

This secured channel helps protect your search terms and your search results pages from being intercepted by a third party on your network […] Google will still maintain search data to improve your search quality and to provide better service. Searching over SSL doesn’t reduce the data sent to Google — it only hides that data from third parties who seek it.

The HTTPS Google variant seems a little bit more cumbersome than its unencrypted big brother, but hey, no pain no gain right? How about it, is anyone going to use the secure socket’ed version for all their Googling from now on?