If you have a Google account and use Google whilst being signed in you may discover being redirected to https://www.google.com (notice the 's'), what this difference means is that your search will then have SSL protection.
Google announced the feature on their blog pointing out the ongoing steps that the company will be taking to make using the internet safer: "We’ve worked hard over the past few years to increase our services’ use of an encryption protocol called SSL, as well as encouraging the industry to adopt stronger security standards."
The idea is to protect users against completely open networks such as those found in internet cafe's or coffee shops, with Google's main focus being to protect users against increasingly personal search functions such as including locations:
"As search becomes an increasingly customized experience, we recognize the growing importance of protecting the personalized search results we deliver. As a result, we’re enhancing our default search experience for signed-in users."
What do you think, is this a step in the right direction or does Google need to do more? Let us know what you think via the comments box below...