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    avoiding trackers

    Post by west on Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:39 am

    I have known that search sites like Yahoo and Google track your surfing for sometime now. While I don't like it, I don't enjoy starting my browsing by using a proxy either. So I accepted it. Today I learned about duckduckgo.com. A site that claims to not bubble or track you.
    Do you know other sites like this? Did you know about duckduckgo and STILL prefer to use google, yahoo, etc?

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    Re: avoiding trackers

    Post by Strebeck on Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:27 pm

    I typically hide behind *some*thing when I'm online. But if I'm going to be remote, or at a friend's house for a while, etc. I toss Browzar on a thumbdrive. It's a minimal, lightweight browser that does much the same thing as duckduckgo, but it leaves no trace on the host machine as well.

    So you can drop it down off the thumbdrive, and have it installed in seconds. Browse, and have it cleaned off the system with no browsing traces at all in a heartbeat.

    A bit more of a hassle, but when i'm in a strange place, on a strange computer... it's worth it to me.

    For search engines, though, I like google. It does a great job at what it's built for, and I hide enough for it not to be an issue (linking searches back to me irl).
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    Re: avoiding trackers

    Post by PyroPhoenix on Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:26 pm

    Why do you feel the need to hide your searches over the internet? It really makes me wonder what you're searching, she-male x donkey perhaps? I don't care what google knows, I don't look at fucked up shit to make me look suspicious. Out of the billion people that use google, you're not a big deal.



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    Re: avoiding trackers

    Post by iRaz on Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:51 pm

    PyroPhoenix wrote:Why do you feel the need to hide your searches over the internet? It really makes me wonder what you're searching, she-male x donkey perhaps? I don't care what google knows, I don't look at fucked up shit to make me look suspicious. Out of the billion people that use google, you're not a big deal.
    Well, if google tracks me, then I'd be screwed with all the things I search daily there.




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    Re: avoiding trackers

    Post by west on Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:07 pm

    Personally, I don't like that info is sold to marketing companies. I never intended on participating in a survey. Having the choice of being tracked or not I will chose the latter. That said, I don't see myself carrying around a thumbdrive to avoid such things either. I hope to fall in between being a complete tool and a delusional paranoid.

    No offense to Strebeck intended. Privacy is every bit your right.
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    Re: avoiding trackers

    Post by iRaz on Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:15 pm

    west wrote:Personally, I don't like that info is sold to marketing companies. I never intended on participating in a survey. Having the choice of being tracked or not I will chose the latter. That said, I don't see myself carrying around a thumbdrive to avoid such things either. I hope to fall in between being a complete tool and a delusional paranoid.

    No offense to Strebeck intended. Privacy is every bit your right.
    So, what good search engine do you recommend me? One that doesn't track what you search




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    Re: avoiding trackers

    Post by Strebeck on Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:46 pm

    west wrote:No offense to Strebeck intended. Privacy is every bit your right.

    Ha! None taken. I fully recognize that I'm a little extreme on this topic.
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    Re: avoiding trackers

    Post by west on Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:02 pm

    iRaz wrote:So, what good search engine do you recommend me? One that doesn't track what you search

    Please refer to the OP.
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    Re: avoiding trackers

    Post by SPADEZ on Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:47 pm

    If you're using the Firefox web browser, you can use an add-on called "Ghostery" which blocks bugs, trackers and other detectors that use your browsing experience for analytic purposes.

    When enabling the add-on, I personally allow the following "bugs" to be allowed while I browse:

    Facebook Connect
    Facebook Social Plugins
    Google +1
    Google Custom Search Engine
    Google Website Optimizer
    Google Widgets
    Tumblr
    Twitter Button

    These are usually just buttons that are added to sites to share on facebook, twitter, etc.. Or things that enhance your web browsing experience such as Google Widgets.


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