Google Add Secure Sockets Layer Encryption
Google have announced an optional feature that adds Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to its core Google web search product. SSL encrypts information that travels between your computer and Google's service, in an effort to prevent search terms and search results from being intercepted by a third party.
Additional options, such as Image Search and Maps searches, do not offer SSL encryption, and the Google blog warns users to expect a slightly slower experience, when using the SSL feature. SSL doesn’t reduce the data sent to Google.
SSL encryption for Google, can be accessed at a modified Google URL.