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Google will encrypt Omnibox searches in Chrome 25

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Mon Jan 21 2013, 13:07
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WEB BROWSER Chrome 25 will automatically encrypt web searches sent to Google through its Omnibox.

Google's Chrome web browser sends search results from its Omnibox - the box used to type in URLs - to Google. Now the web browser will use SSL to encrypt web search input before sending it to Google, whether or not users are signed in to their Google accounts.

Previously Google's web browser would encrypt searches sent from the Omnibox only if users were signed in to their Google accounts, however Chrome 25 will enable this functionality without the need for users to logon to their accounts.

While Google is only just now making the change to automatically encrypt Omnibox searches without the need to log in, the firm has been encrypting web searches submitted through its website for some time.

According to Google, users should not be able to notice any performance hit from having their searches encrypted. Rather the firm claimed that through its SPDY protocol, users might see an improvement in speed.

Google said Chrome 25 is in the beta channel, though it didn't say when the browser will enter the stable channel, at which point most of the web browser's users will receive the update. µ


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