Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Does Google scare you? Here's an option!

Google recently announced changes to their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Should you be concerned? Maybe. The change will allow Google to know what you are doing across all of their services. Does that bother you?

We stumbled across a new search engine that you might want to consider. The service does not include blogging, docs in the cloud, photo storage, email, or any of the other Google services. So it is not a replacement for Google. But you might want to start doing your searches here.

Startpage (www.startpage.com) combines the powerful search results of Google with the strong privacy features of Ixquick, the world's most private search engine. The result is great search results - with total privacy protection!

No IP addresses are stored, no personal data is gathered or passed on to third parties, and no identifying cookies are placed on your browser. Startpage also offers secure SSL encryption, a proxy option that allows anonymous web surfing, full third-party certification, and numerous other privacy features.

By the way, the easy and quick fix to any privacy concerns you have about the new Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use is to stay logged out of your Google account during use. They won't track who you are if you aren't logged in (but they may track you by IP address, so still be careful out there).

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