Is this anything more than pap for the masses? First, is there a real need for a search that no one knows you are doing? Next, will the encryption offered offer any real security to those who’ve decided they need it?

[Maximum PC]

In the wake of Google’s Wi-Fi privacy incident, the company has let it be known they plan to roll out encrypted search. Google’s Marissa Mayer briefly discussed the feature at Google’s annual stock holder meeting. This is in keeping with the trend at Google. They recently set the defaults in Gmail to use the HTTPS encrypted protocol.

Mayer didn’t go into specifics about how the feature would work, but everyone was encouraged to pay attention to the Google I/O conference next week. Whatever form it takes, we hope that it will be easy to enable. We don’t see Google making the setting the default, but anything can happen at I/O. If encrypted search is made available to you, will you use it?

I’m certain that more than a few will use it, simply because it has been made available. Whether they stay with it over time is anybody’s guess.

While we are constantly reminded by the security researchers how many things are useful to those that try to break into databases, is there anything that most individuals have that is worth while? Probably, but how is the attacker to know? Most data thefts are important because the information has been collated from a large sampling of public or private information. But the point is that the value is low until the data is put into a form that is widely usable. That doesn’t usually happen on an individual user’s computer.

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