Set secure version of Google as default search engine in Chrome

Google has a (beta) secure version of its search engine at encrypted.google.com. It uses SSL encryption (HTTPS protocol) for an end-to-end secure search service. This is particularly useful for those who are in fear of surveillance, censorship etc.

Instead of going to the URL and searching each time, you can set the SSL version as default on Google Chrome.

How to set encrypted Google as default on Chrome

  1. Open Chrome. Right click in address bar and hit Edit Search Engines.
  2. Click Add and enter the following:
    Name: Google Encrypted
    Keyword: googenc
    URL: https://encrypted.google.com/search?{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%sHit OK.
  3. In the list of search engines, click Google Encrypted once and hit Make Default button
  4. If you want to retain both versions of Google (can’t see why you would) and keep the non-HTTPS version default, do not make Encrypted version default. Instead, type googenc [tab] query when you need to search on the SSL version of Google.
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