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Unread 02-10-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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I stumbled across a blog that had a link about this topic and info about privacy protecting search engines.


info on the Top 5 search engines-
http://news.cnet.com/2100-1029_3-6202068.html
https://www.privacyinternational.org...vice-companies
https://www.privacyinternational.org...earch%20engine
http://searchenginewatch.com/article...bsites-of-2011


So I think I am moving away from "Google" as my main home page/search engine and trying duckduckgo.com.

https://duckduckgo.com/privacy.html

there are a few others too-
https://ixquick.com/eng/protect-privacy.html
https://ssl.scroogle.org/
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Thanks.

I wonder also about email. I was happy with gmail in the beginning, but now it's all changed. Not sure what to do about it really.
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www.lavabit.com
[Lavabit was created to offer Internet users a better choice for reliable, fast, affordable e-mail service that never sacrifices privacy for profits.]

[Lavabit was built for people like you. People who want a fast, reliable, private POP3 e-mail account with the most advanced features. Our team of programmers answered with a system so secure that even our administrators can’t read your e-mail. With more than 270,000 users already, it won’t be long before the name you always wanted is already taken.]

You can set up to use Outlook or Thunderbird email programs or there is a basic web mail on their site.
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Thanks, Jo.

I could never force myself to use outlook but I'll check out the information you posted. Appreciated. I need to do something.
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I happened to be listening to Glen Beck while driving to the store this morning, he was on the soap box about Google too.

But I'm sure many of the other big name search engines collect some sort of data and store it for whatever use they want...


I like that with the duckduckgo you can use the drop down menu (next to the search button) to search anon and still access google & bing & youtube etc...

[!Bang
DuckDuckGo enables you to search 100s of other sites directly.
Just use this dropdown next to the search box.
As you use it, your most frequented sites will automatically be displayed at the top.
Or you can type in a command like '!amazon bags', which will take you to Amazon.com and auto-search it for 'bags'.
We call these commands !bangs, and this syntax works for 100s of sites:

Most big sites work, e.g. !youtube (see full list below)

Most generic keywords work too, e.g. !images

There are also shorter versions, e.g. !g (google) !i (images) !yt (youtube)

!ducky or '! ' or '\' will take you to the first result.

!safeoff will run a search with safe search off. ]



For email , I'm pretty sure Thunderbird is more secure than Outlook or outlook express. but I haven't researched on it for ages, been a fan of Mozilla/Tbird and never went back to Outlook Express.

I just prefer having my saved emails & addresses stored on my home computer and not on some email website online.
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Hello,
There is a lot of flak about Google and privacy issues, changes in March I think.
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I own a domain name and have been in the process of migrating from my GMail account to my domain e-mail account. It's tough though. The majority of my non-work e-mails these days are updates from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or some other kind of account I have. Other times it's invoices for online services that I use.

Very rarely do I get a "personal" e-mail any more, since my generation uses all different types of services for personal communication.



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I happened to be listening to Glen Beck while driving to the store this morning, he was on the soap box about Google too.

But I'm sure many of the other big name search engines collect some sort of data and store it for whatever use they want...
Theoretically they can track any data that comes through their system. If you do not have an account registered they can track your IP address/hostname and whatever you search. If you are logged in to your Google account they can additionally link that search to your account. Bing.com, Yahoo.com... they can all do the same. Of course they have a tremendous volume of information so it's difficult to know whether or not they do (I assume they do given their resources and infrastructure). What they do with this data is up to them, but is usually clearly stated in their privacy policy.

Their privacy policy highlights what they can and can't use your data to do. With targets ads for example, authorized third parties don't have direct access to your data but can still use your data to target advertisements to you. They go through what's called an Application Interface that allows Google to redirect content (IE advertisements on your Google Search or above your Gmail inbox) without allowing them to ever view or store your data.

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I like that with the duckduckgo you can use the drop down menu (next to the search button) to search anon and still access google & bing & youtube etc...
They *can* track your data if they want to, but they state in their privacy policy that they do not. It's a good solution if you're paranoid about Google, but you shouldn't be unless you have extremely sensitive information going through their systems.


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For email , I'm pretty sure Thunderbird is more secure than Outlook or outlook express. but I haven't researched on it for ages, been a fan of Mozilla/Tbird and never went back to Outlook Express.

I just prefer having my saved emails & addresses stored on my home computer and not on some email website online.
This is somewhat of a misconception. Remember that any e-mail going through the e-mail server can be unpacked and read. As for your sent e-mails... a local copy *is* stored on your computer, but you should check with your service provider to see if they aren't also caching stored e-mails on the server. If you can sync your e-mail to multiple applications (IE run it through Outlook *and* Thunderbird, or access it on multiple computers) and still see all of your sent e-mails then yes, your e-mails are also stored on the e-mail server.


It is pretty dangerous when a personality like Glenn Beck hops on the radio and spews misinformation or paints an incomplete picture to send people into mass hysteria.
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