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Have No Fear When It Comes To Typing An Embarrassing Question In Your Search Engine

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Bing want to make your business their business.  Your privacy is at stake. Hey, when you search for something on your computer or online--it's your business, right?

Why are Search Engines Tracking Your Searches?

Mostly they want to sell you stuff or sell stuff about you to other people who want to sell you stuff.  Some people actually love the way Google makes the search experience not-private. They like the way it follows their moves and then--by predicts and serves them the information they want--sometimes before they even ask! I've got details here. The internet is just plain creepy sometimes, huh? Gosh, darn it. 

Google It

Google is the go-to site for most people when they search the web.  But all that great instant info comes at a price: Your privacy. Google saves your search history, reads your email in Gmail and gives your boss the details, keeps everything you say to “OK Google,” and even records everywhere you and your smartphone or computer go!  Google tracks your web visits and the youtube's you watch.

You can erase all that history--BUT, they may have already accessed it so why give it to them in the first place?

Google's Not the Only Search Engine Watching You...

Unfortunately, Yahoo and Bing are tracking, recording and analyzing your private internet search moves too. Microsoft has bundled Bing search results together with Cortana, in Windows 10. I've got steps to turn her off at the end, but you can read all about this nosy lady here.

And Speaking of Watching You- lets just eliminate that whole idea that someone could be watching you through your webcam-shall we?

If you're concerned at all, you'll love our favorite webcam covers.

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Meanwhile, You've Got Search Engine Options:

Yippy Yea Yea

This search engine works by searching all the other search engines and then supplying results. The privacy policy says it doesn't ask for any personally identifiable information or use cookies to track you. It does, however, require cookies to work properly. When I disabled cookies, it kept saying my session expired. Here's what search results look like in Yippy:

Not always Quick, Yet I like Startpage

With Startpage Search via proxy,  that way sites won't know your real IP address. I actually thought this search experience was pretty cool: The search results look like Google, but you can filter by time--so you find the most recent results for your search.

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StartPage's Three Ways To Search

Click and you'll go straight to the web page you've searched.  Like always, specific sites can track, leave cookies etc. But with Startpage you can visit and remain invisible by clicking the Proxy option.  It took a moment to load and didn't load the photo- and see how it says start-page on top--that's because the site only sees Startpage IP address. Coolio!
compromised privacy
Choose "Highlight" and you'll get this:
google vault privacy

Duck Duck Go

Use Duck Duck Go with cookies enabled or without.  Privacy policy says they don't use the personally identifiable info. Like Google, you get Web, Images, Videos, and News and you can filter by time, adult content and region. With no ads served to you, this video explains how Duck Duck Go stays in business

duck duck go privacy Don't Forget Cortana is Logging Your Searches . . .


Go into Settings and shut her down, like so:

privacy setting cortana


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