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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Concerned with your privacy when using a search engine? Try

Apparently a new search engine which is supposed to be less intrusive for internet users has been released online. The search engine is called startpage and it can be accessed by going to the following link:

You can read how startpage is different from other search engines by going to the
following website:

It is supposed to be as  fast as other search engines.

Also, for those of you running 64-bit Windows, Microsoft has released a 64 bit beta version of its web browser Internet Explorer  9 which you can download and try by going to:


Mr_Toad said...

Startpage sounds interesting, I only knew about but who knows what to believe when these people claim internet privacy - it doesn't exist. If you are spotlighted by officialdom or whoever, then they will locate you whatever measures you take - thus:

"Startpage only shares personal information with third parties when obligated to do so by law"

Best to assume that everything you do on the web can be traced back to you. If this is an issue for you investigate Sandboxie and Tor.

BTW: For some amazing reason Internet Explorer 9 doesn't work on XP. Well that's the end of it for me. No way am I ever going to use Vista.

Wayne said...

Yes, I agree with you regarding internet privacy, however it is worth a try to use Startpage for a while. Yes it is best to assume everything you do or say on the internet can be traced,I have heard of programs which are supposed to be able to wipe out records of everything you say and do online, and have tried a couple,however these didn't seem to eliminate these traces 100% of the time.

I am sorry that IE9 doesn't work on XP for you. I tried using IE yesterday for the first time and of course you know what crashed a couple of times on me <:(

Best wishes,

Mr_Toad said...

Cheers, Wayne!

IE9 will not work on any XP system. Windose shot themselves in the foot again if you ask me.

As you know, servers log all IP addresses and websites visited - so the average user cannot access them at all, never mind wipe them.

Tor will make a chain of links so it's apparently well nigh impossible for anyone monitoring the host server to trace the IP address.

As for Sandboxie, this prevents any data whatsoever from reaching the local hard drive (nothing even touches the Temp folder, cache or anything). During a browsing session Sandboxie holds everything in ... well, a sandbox really (a temporary container which is not linked to the local drive). Once a browsing session is over it 'collapses' and anything downloaded disappears without trace. It is possible to retain particular data items if necessary of course.

Sorry if I sounded a tad patronising - I should have said "if this is an issue for anyone ..." rather than "if this is an issue for you ..." as if I was pointing the finger or something! It was generic advice to your readers, is all.

Startpage sounds promising and certainly has much more information in the form of FAQs and so on than Yauba. I'll check it out sometime. Thanks for the tip.

All the best,

Wayne said...

Hi again Mr. Toad :) Yes it is difficult to know whether these claims are true or not. Yes it is best to assume that everything can be traced unless you can somehow block your ip address from being recorded at a website (which I doublt is possilbe). That is too bad that IE9 doesn't work on XP for you? You haven't heard that Microsoft is ending its help for XP? I bought Windows 7 and haven't had any problems with it.When you go to buy a new computer it will have Windows 7 on it anyway.

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