You Can Disable Google SSL & Pass Search Referrer Queries

Nov 4, 2013 • 9:03 am | comments (13) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Google SSLI reported this at Search Engine Land on Friday and to be honest, it is not a feature most of you will benefit from, but if you want, you can force Google's SSL off and search insecurely and thus pass your query data to webmasters by using google.com/webhp?nord=1 instead of google.com.

When you go to google.com/webhp?nord=1 the SSL version of Google will be dropped. The other way to remove SSL from Google is to do it at the network level.

The benefits are limited in that you need to specifically do this yourself. Of course, you can build a browser extension to automate this but since 99.999% of people won't do this, it won't help you get search query data. But it is good to know you can do this, if you do want to disable SSL on Google.

Disable Google SSL

So either go to google.com/webhp?nord=1 or add "?nord=1" to a Google search URL after "www.google.com/", while replacing "https" with "http".

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Comments:

Michael Martinez

11/04/2013 02:47 pm

People who embed links to Google queries in their copy can also do this. But I doubt the average, unsophisticated user would do it intentionally.

Brandon

11/04/2013 03:48 pm

Interesting...

Fedor

11/04/2013 05:56 pm

Yeah, I'll get right on that.

igl00

11/05/2013 02:23 am

thats great, now we need a plugin that have cool functions + this one bundled. id surely promote it on http://blackhatpwnage.com and everywhere else. great find!

Terry Van Horne

11/05/2013 02:45 pm

or really care that SEO's aren't getting their referrer data...lol

Graciousstore

11/06/2013 05:45 am

Good for those that have the know how

Anon Reg

11/06/2013 12:13 pm

slow day

Not Provided

11/06/2013 05:39 pm

After your post i've done a plugin for firefox who include this parametre in a toolbar https://addons.mozilla.org/fr/firefox/addon/google-without-not-provided/

Jitendra Vaswani

11/07/2013 11:05 am

This sounds cool to me

Jean Pascal THYS

11/12/2013 10:03 am

Great !

Shaun Neil

12/11/2013 04:00 pm

Bad news for me. I'm stuck with the new webhp?nord=1 since my default Dell Homepage was discontinued, leaving me with a new homepage thats is http://www.google.co.uk/webhp?nord=1 . I change it back in 'Internet Options & make it the default , but still the less secure non SSL that is the webhp?nord=1 extension overrides this as showed to me when I open my web browser which is Google Chrome. Any advice on how I can acheieve a http://www.google.co.uk homepage regarldess of my 'Internet Options' home page options being different to what is actually happening. Please feel free to PM me if you have a suggestion . Thanks, Shaun Neil

Shaun Neil

12/11/2013 04:04 pm

Can your knowledge of this help a novice by comparisn. My problem is this. "Bad news for me. I'm stuck with the new webhp?nord=1 since my default Dell Homepage was discontinued, leaving me with a new homepage thats ishttp://www.google.co.uk/webhp?... . I change it back in 'Internet Options & make it the default , but still the less secure non SSL that is the webhp?nord=1 extension overrides this as showed to me when I open my web browser which is Google Chrome. Any advice on how I can acheieve a http://www.google.co.uk homepage regarldess of my 'Internet Options' home page options being different to what is actually happening" . Please feel free to PM me if you have you can help or just have a suggestion . Thanks, Shaun Neil

Shaun Neil

12/11/2013 04:17 pm

Is it that Google wont get any data on me. That wld be a good thing. I understand that peronal info/data is still collected if your logged in or not. Would it be better to use the webhp?nord extension for most mundane tasks but make sure you have a secure connection for other sites??? I hope I understand this properly.

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