Tag Archives: Search

100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 10 – Using SearX for Privacy Friendly Search

Let’s face it. Search engines collect a lot of information about us to use for advertising and other reasons. For those trying to have privacy it can be tough going. We have covered DuckDuckGo in our first day’s post. But wanted to get into more detail. A good option for search is using a SearX installation or even run your own.

SearX is what is referred to as a Meta Search Engine allowing you to search multiple engine like Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo and more. You can go into preferences and choose which search engines to use. Along with having great files, news, and social media search options.

By using an installation that does not log visitors you are able to search all major resources without them building profiles on you or saving your search history. All searches look like they come from the SearX install.

Try SearX on https://cryptocartel.com

(Tor hidden service: http://wscvq7ru5saua556.onion)

See Day 2 for more on Tor.

Weaning Off Google – The First Step

google_msn_yahoo-fish-cartoonThey say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well folks I am here to say I have one…

It’s my Google-ification!

Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with Google. More that I had the epiphany that I am up to my eyeballs in it.

The other night I started pondering what all I use and how (or if) it is connected to Google. Just have a look at your Google Dashboard and you might be surprised! Here is a short list of things I use that are all Google…

  • GMail
  • Android
  • Google Voice
  • YouTube
  • GTalk
  • Google+
  • AdSense
  • Google Docs/Drive
  • Picasa
  • Analytics
  • Search

With the above just being the key points! I am way deep in the sea of Google. So what is a guy to do???

Firstly the easiest thing for me to change behavior wise is not search using Google. I have changed my Chrome to use DuckDuckGo as default for search. A few other good alternatives are:

Next installment I will be switching over my Gmail to an alternative.