I’m getting sick of Google throwing its weight around and increasingly paranoid about my online details. Startpage claims to be completely anonymous and uses the Google search engine so I’m giving it a try. If it works, it’ll be my default search engine. As a web designer I still have to use Google for my clients.
“Every time you use a regular search engine, your search data is recorded. Major search engines capture your IP address and use tracking cookies to make a record of your search terms, the time of your visit, and the links you choose – then they store that information in a giant database.
Those searches reveal a shocking amount of personal information about you, such as your interests, family circumstances, political leanings, medical conditions, and more. This information is modern-day gold for marketers, government officials, black-hat hackers and criminals – all of whom would love to get their hands on your private search data.”