Google Homepage Link Change (HTTP to HTTPS)

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    Jun 05, 2014 2:47 PM GMT
    WARNING: I have no earthly idea what I'm talking about here.

    If you have had

    http://www.google.com/

    as a go-to link to reach Google's main page, suddenly, in the past week (at least for me, anyway), the link redirects to

    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl

    Usually, stuff like this raises alarm bells with me that something sinister like malware that got tacked on (probably from watching too much p0rn, or something! icon_razz.gif)

    Googling the "?gws_rd=ssl" part (how meta, eh?) reveals other people moderately freaking out over the apparent hyperlink redirect.

    All the responses suggest that Google merely changed their servers (allegedly, it's an "SSL" encryption thing, I wouldn't understand... and don't think I need to).

    Further, simply changing your homepage links from

    http://www.google.com/

    to

    https://www.google.com/ ((just add the 's'))

    will eliminate the "?gws_rd=ssl" appendage, after you hit "Enter".

    I tried that, and it's working fine. So I'm just passing the note along.

    Links:
    [url]https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/websearch/5Toplm6lXPQ[/url]

    https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=149937

    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r29292725-What-is-up-with-Google.com-
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    Jun 05, 2014 3:23 PM GMT
    Reformat your hard drive.
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    Jun 05, 2014 3:34 PM GMT
    all sites should implement https. so for this site it would be https://realjock.com/
    but
    you get "Unable to connect" just it would be a nice work environment advantage.


    kinda a mute point with google; guess they just want all your junk to themselves.
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    Jun 05, 2014 3:51 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidReformat your hard drive.
    this is a valid thread, good information for discussion possible
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    Jun 05, 2014 6:53 PM GMT
    There are things the browser can negotiate with the web server, for example, to have it send compressed data. It doesn't look like there's an option to have the browser negotiate to always use https, which is too bad since using redirects is kind of kludgy.