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It’s no secret that the major search engines keep track of every search How Exactly Websites Track and Stalk You With Their Ads How Exactly Websites Track and Stalk You With Their Ads Privacy, privacy, privacy. The Internet is known for its anonymity. Without personal privacy, it would be a very dangerous place. But are these companies infringing on privacy rights? How exactly does a website track its... Read More you made and link you visited, so that they can serve up better ads. When you think about it, it’s quite freaky that Google knows so much about you. So how do you thwart these search engines from snooping on you? A new browser extension called Disconnect Search stops Google, Bing and Yahoo in their tracks.

Disconnect Search is made by the team at Disconnect.me Disconnect 2: Make The Web A Safer, Faster Place [Chrome & Firefox] Disconnect 2: Make The Web A Safer, Faster Place [Chrome & Firefox] Read More , the extension that tells you which portals are trying to track you and blocks them from doing so. Disconnect Search is a web proxy that allows you to search privately using Google, Bing or Yahoo, without logging searches, IP addresses, or any other personal information.

Installing the extension lets you activate this protection for search queries from the browser extension’s window, the omnibar, or when you search anywhere — it’s all dependent on the options you choose.

Disconnect Search also protects you from your ISP by encrypting your search queries, whether the search engine has that ability or not. This prevents your ISP from accessing those and linking them to your account.

On the down side, it is a tad slower than searching directly on Google and disables advanced search features such as filters, image-only search, or instant recommendations. Also, since your information is not tracked at all, it prevents the search engine from giving more relevant information, such as showing cinemas near you that are playing the film you searched for.

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Disconnect Search is currently available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, with versions for Opera and Internet Explorer in the pipeline. It will not be made for Safari due to Apple’s policies that conflict with the kind of proxy that is needed.

Source: Disconnect Search via TechCrunch

  1. Mech
    October 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Yeah, i'm really going to miss that "relevant information" when i'm totally doing an anonymous, untraceable and encrypted search for the latest film releases. That's exactly what this was created for...

  2. pac
    October 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

    And what about https://duckduckgo.com/ ;)

  3. Scroogling
    October 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I use Bing for rewards so this wouldn't work out. But if I can't find something on Bing and searching Google, this will come in handy.

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