HTTPS-enabled Google search and visibility by network administrator

by WildMonkey   Last Updated February 24, 2016 01:01 AM

I searched for websites with a keyword, say, "Monkey", using HTTPS-enabled Google Search on my company's machine.

Can the network administrator somehow associate with me:

  1. The keyword "Monkey"?
  2. The URLs of the searched websites containing the keyword "Monkey"?
  3. The contents of the above websites?


Answers 1


When you access any site via HTTPS, everything but the server's domain name gets hidden from anyone between your browser and the server.

In your case, your search used a URL like

https://www.google.com/search?q=monkey

(most likely with more name-and-value query parameters like &name=value)

All your network administrator can tell is that you made an https request to www.google.com. She doesn't even knows you went to /search, let alone the query parameters.

The content returned by Google was cryptographed. She couldn't see it (but she could have a general idea of its size).

bruno
bruno
February 23, 2016 21:40 PM

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