What is an encrypted search term?

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  • #829281

    Today in my site stats under Search Engine Terms it says ‘unknown search terms’ and then in Top Searches it says ‘encrypted-search-terms’. Can anyone tell me what that means please? I’m confused as i don’t know what an encrypted search term is, or why it is used. Thank you

    The blog I need help with is acatcanlookataking.wordpress.com.

    #829398

    timethief
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    Some search engines don’t reveal search terms for privacy reasons. That’s why we don’t always know which search terms were used by visitors who arrived at your site from a search engine. When we don’t know the search terms, we show them as “Unknown search terms”. Please see here site stats – search engine terms

    #829400

    Oh i see, so it’s like in- private browsing i suppose? I never thought of that. It was the word ‘encrypted’ that had me slightly worried. Thank you for replying, and for the link. Cheers ;)

    #829401

    Oh i see, so it’s like in- private browsing i suppose? I never thought of that. It was the word ‘encrypted’ that had me slightly worried. Thank you for replying, and for the link. Cheers ;)

    #829402

    If you are signed into Google, and you search using https:// as in https://google.com then your search terms are encrypted. I don’t know if Bing and Yahoo are doing that as well, but I would suspect they are.

    #829403

    Sorry!!! Don’t know why that appeared twice…and i can’t remove one!! Yikes

    #829410

    timethief
    Member

    Not to worry about the duplicate.Only Staff and Modertors can edit, close and/or delete threads on these forums. In October 2011 Google began encrypting searches that people do by default, if they are logged into Google.com already through a secure connection. The change to SSL search also means that sites people visit after clicking on results at Google will no longer receive “referrer” data that reveals what those people searched for, except in the case of ads.

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