With Google search over SSL, you can have an end-to-end encrypted search solution between your computer and Google. This secured channel helps protect your search terms and your search results pages from being intercepted by a third party. This provides you with a more secure and private search experience.

To use search over SSL, visit https://www.google.com New window icon each time you perform a search. Note that only Google web search is available over SSL, so other search products like Google Images and Google Maps are not currently available over SSL. When you’re searching over SSL, these properties may not appear in the left panel.

What is SSL?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a protocol that helps provide secure Internet communications for services like web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, and other data transfers. When you search over SSL, your search queries and search traffic are encrypted so they can’t be read by any intermediary party such as employers and internet service providers (ISPs). More »

Search engines are a big part of any REALTORS daily online marketing or research tools. What some Agents do not realize is that there are a bunch of advanced command line attributes you can use when searching on Google that may help you out a great deal. This was taken from a Google help page and tried to replace some references with more appropriate examples.

Phrase search (” “)
By putting double quotes around a set of words, you are telling Google to consider the exact words in that exact order without any change. Google already uses the order and the fact that the words are together as a very strong signal and will stray from it only for a good reason, so quotes are usually unnecessary. By insisting on phrase search you might be missing good results accidentally. For example, a search for [ “Montclair Real Estate” ] (with quotes) will miss the pages that refer to Montclair NJ Real Estate.

Search within a specific website (site:)
Google allows you to specify that your search results must come from a given website. For example, the query [ condos site:nytimes.com ] will return pages about Condos but only from nytimes.com. The simpler queries [ Condos nytimes.com ] or [ Condos New York Times ] will usually be just as good, though they might return results from other sites that mention the New York Times. More »