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Monday, December 3, 2012

Keep yer Gubmint spies off my Internet searches

Blogbrother PISSED emails me about a neat anonymous search engine, ixquick.  It anonymizes your searches so that prying eyes can't recover it.  They also have an anonymous proxy service which is particularly interesting when you think about Internet telephony.

You can use either the generic service which queries the top search engines, or use their StartPage® option which uses Google's results.  However, unlike Google it doesn't track your IP and strips all identifying info from the query.

8 comments:

jon spencer said...

Is this much different than DuckDuckgo?

Borepatch said...

Jon, yeah same idea. What's interesting about ixquick is that it's based in the Netherlands (i.e. international borders make things slightly more complicated for snoopy Feds).

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Old NFO said...

Good point... and I'll check it out.

Weetabix said...

BP, you post the most useful things. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

One of the reasons I keep drifting back to Firefox for personal web use: the navigation bar will so a search whenever the text entered is not a straight URL, and then there is the search field on the navigation toolbar to the right of that.

I've set the URL field to search Startpage, but if I want Google specifically that is the default choice in the search field -- although the others (Bing etc.) are a click away.

kahr40 said...

Neat. Thanks

Penny Pincher Personal Finance said...

Startpage is the same as Ixquick just easier to remember.

Could also use TOR and really get l33t. Just don't try to log into FB using TOR or it will try to shut you out.