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Managing your Privacy Online: Search Engines

By Jos
May 28, 2010
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  1. Most of the browsing privacy tips we have listed in this piece are straightforward and easy enough to follow without falling into 'paranoid' territory. Others require a bit more knowledge and effort, but will give you near-complete safety. Depending on your particular situation and willingness to accept certain 'risks' in favor of functionality, you'll have to trace your own privacy goals and adopt the ones that won't hinder your browsing experience.

    Read the full article at:
    http://www.techspot.com/guides/281-manage-search-engine-privacy/

    Please leave your feedback here.
     
  2. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 459

    That Cookie Monster image is hilarious!!!
     
  3. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Just had to comment on that too, it's awesome. I can totally hear Cookie Monsters voice heh.
     
  4. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 830

    Struggling to champion privacy on the internet is a losing battle.
    Arstechnica has a good article on how the methods here can all be made irrelevant.

    Disabling logging on your side isn't going to cut it. And I don't think its reasonable to assume that opting out of logging from any companies website that derives profits from targeted advertising is at all effective.
     
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,528   +324

    You are right but you are slightly safer with the above mentioned privacy settings switched on. Your Link is spot on actually, maybe we need to stop consentrating on apple forcing companys to create HTML5 websites for their iPhones and more on the fact you have absolutely no privacy while online?
     
  6. Flash cookies are another interesting subject relevant to privacy concerns. Here's the wiki link if anyone is interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_Shared_Object
     
  7. I use Ghostery, is a Firefox addon that blocks web bugs and trackers

    http://www.ghostery.com/
    https://addons.mozilla.org/es-ES/firefox/addon/9609/

    give it a try ^^ and keep your privacy uncompromised
     
  8. Badfinger

    Badfinger TS Rookie Posts: 160

    Try blocking IP's with Hostman or at least use custom hosts file (no extension) from MVP. (find these via search)

    I use spybot, spyware blaster, malwarebyte's anti-malware, avast! internet suite, parts of avanquest's System Suite Pro 10 (not the firewall it is subpar vs. avast!'s), boostspeed (really a suite of utilities) by auslogics, winpatrol/task catcher, process lasso, and anvir task manager.
    Give those a look...
     
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,716   +89

    Let's keep it simple! I just use IOBIT Advanced System Care Privacy Sweep and system clean-up tools. Cookies are needed just can't blocked them all. Cookie Monster program is opensource you could use that but that's doesn't really stop them so much. Sitting there manging cookies can be a nightmare!
     
  10. elijahbel

    elijahbel Banned

    You have shared very good information on maintaining privacy online. I am gonna install cookies cleaner in my pc reading your article. Keep writing such informative articles
     
  11. Also (for Firefox) check out GoogleSharing.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search?q=googlesharing&cat=all
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/60333/
    http://www.googlesharing.net/

    This add-on not only anonymizes your IP while searching via Google, but also anonymizes other information like your browser, OS, plugins, etc.

    If a Google service does not require your identity (e.g. Gmail, or Google Docs) then this plugin provides a proxy to anonymize unnecessary information for Google to provide that service, e.g. Google Maps.

    Technically, GoogleSharing randomizes the information, but this is a good thing. Randomization provide anonymity, but it doesn't look like anonymity, so, if Google is analyzing traffic and recording potential anonymization, then GoogleSharing hides the anonymity by making you look "real".

    P.S. I am not Moxie of thoughtcrime.org. I am just an enthusiastic user of GoogleSharing.
     
     
  12. A good alternative is http://stopstalking.me, it does not track you and you get the same results from google bing and yahoo
     


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