Over the last two weeks, roughly since the first beta, 1459 new bugs have been reported, and 1643 bugs have been closed, so we're witnessing a lot of stabilization activity right now. More testing is in place, however, while the restless developers continue to create a rock-stable 4.5.0
Really nice to see much work being put in to stabilization, even if it means few less features
4. You can force SSL for all communication with their site.
It seems that https://www.google.com/ is in beta testing phase and works now. I immediately changed my homepage when I found it. This may be old news, but I missed any announcements about it. I know SSL has been implemented in gmail for a while.
https://www.google.com/ may encrypt search it self, but as soon as you click on one of the links from the search result you are leaving secure area, and your request for that website can be monitored by third party.
Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules. Corollary: Following the rules will not get the job done.