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Some of you might have noticed that Google has changed their search to use SSL by default. I noticed that even if you set your search engine on Chrome to unsecured Google, the results are delivered via HTTPS.

I was wondering if the suggestions typed on the address bar are also sent via SSL. If not, how can I make them so?

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I can change the default search provider to Google SSL, but then I lose the suggestions.

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Seems like you answered your own question there. If you use Google SSL you lose suggestions. – paradd0x Apr 3 '12 at 23:00
@ThiagoM.: Your intuition is correct, but it's not that simple. Creating a custom search using Google without SSL also disables suggestions. – Dennis May 25 '12 at 19:05


I can't find any documentation the verifies this claim, but you can check it out yourself.


  1. If it's not already enabled and you don't have another firewall running, enable Windows Firewall.

  2. Create a rule that blocks all outgoing TCP connections with remote port 80.

  3. Close all open TCP connections to Google IPs on port 80.

    • An easy way to do this is closing all Chrome tabs.

    • If you have a connection monitor like CurrPorts, you can close the connections manually.

  4. Start typing in the omnibox.


There will be no suggestions.


Suggestions don't use SSL.

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