I’m an Internet privacy advocate, and I have a great interest in any tool that will either stop Google, and other data accumulators, from collecting personal information on me, or in any tool which restricts their ability to do so.
If you’re into protecting your privacy, then take a look at the following search engine – Startpage.com – a search engine provider that promises to safeguard your privacy (not recording your IP address, not salting tracking cookies, not recording your search terms, the links you choose, etc.), while you search the Internet.
The search engine’s home page is not very much different from any typical search engine.
Since we all know that nothing is every really for nothing – it’s appropriate to wonder how this service provider manages to generate revenue. And, according to the developer – inserting relevant sponsored results on the top and the bottom of the results page, makes it possible – “Each time these sponsored results are clicked upon Startpage receives a minimal fee from the advertiser.”
The sample search page screen shot below, shows two relevant “sponsored results” as described by the developer.
Whereas, the same search string in Google is ad free (see below). Not counting of course, the “normal” Google ads which normally fill the far right hand pane.
From the site: Startpage offers you Web search results from Google in complete privacy!
When you search with Startpage, we remove all identifying information from your query and submit it anonymously to Google ourselves. We get the results and return them to you in total privacy.
- Free proxy surfing available.
- Praised by privacy experts worldwide.
- Twelve-year company track record.
- Third-party certified.
If you’re a Firefox users you can easily add Startpage.com to your Search Engine List.
The developer has provided an applet (see below), to make this a quick and easy process. Go here.
If Internet privacy is something you have concerns about then, I recommend that you checkout Startpage.com in depth. There are a surprising number of additional benefits, including a Proxy Service (designed for additional privacy), not discussed in this article.
Note: We may yet see a game changer – the European Union, which seems much more concerned with Internet user privacy than elsewhere, is in the process of drawing up legislation which may allow citizens of EU member states to delete data stored by websites and services.
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