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The Setup

  • IE9
  • Windows 7
  • Google Search
  • Home page Google/ig

The problem: when I search google switches to the HTTPS version. You can see the words search?source in the browser. Why this is a pain is that it slows down searching.

I have reset the Internet Explorer settings, and the advanced settings. Rebooted the machine. The problem persists.

Very similar to the Firefox problem described on this site. Unfortunately, there is no httpS:\ in the default website's url.

How do I stop httpS: being the default behaviour?


The first rules of holes. When in a hole - stop digging.
My mistake.
I just had not noticed google switching to https before.


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closed as too localized by Guy Thomas, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, slhck Feb 2 '13 at 20:01

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But exactly how can we help you?

I get https also when I search Google. Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a protocol to provide encryption and secure identification of the server.

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On my other machines I don't get this behaviour. I don't gett the https by default. –  Guy Thomas Feb 2 '13 at 16:35

Some browsers have extensions which force the use of insecure HTTP, but the slowdown is 2-300 milliseconds, so I don't know why you bother.

The automatic change is Google's behaviour, not IE. Google does this to prevent session sidejacking which in turn prevents users from read your e-mails (and use any other Google service as you) when you're on a shared network.

Wikipedia on HTTPS:

In its popular deployment on the internet, HTTPS provides authentication of the web site and associated web server that one is communicating with, which protects against Man-in-the-middle attacks. Additionally, it provides bidirectional encryption of communications between a client and server, which protects against eavesdropping and tampering with and/or forging the contents of the communication.1 In practice, this provides a reasonable guarantee that one is communicating with precisely the web site that one intended to communicate with (as opposed to an impostor), as well as ensuring that the contents of communications between the user and site cannot be read or forged by any third party.

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I am sorry, but I could not understand the session sidejacking article (very rambling). Or what it had to do with my problem. I have deleted all the cookies. –  Guy Thomas Feb 2 '13 at 16:39
    
The basic idea is, when you log in you recieve a cookie which using HTTP is sent unencrypted. This means people can steal it and log in as you without your password. If you use HTTPS the cookie will be encrypted and cannot be stolen from you, this is why Google is forcing HTTPS on you :) –  Time Sheep Feb 2 '13 at 21:26

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