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Re: Internet Searches:  Not Private?
Reply #30 - Aug 23rd, 2006 at 10:18am
 
The landscape of Internet privacy appears to be taking a turn for the worse.  Read – with horror – the article Qwest calls for mandatory data retention laws (22 AUG 2006).
 

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Reply #31 - Aug 24th, 2006 at 11:05am
 
. . . And then there is the recent story about AOL accidentially releasing the search history of 19 million queries from 658,086 subscribers.  Is it scarier that AOL inadvertently made this information public – or, that they were logging and retaining it in the first place?

For more information, see:  AOL says privacy breach was a mistake.
 

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Reply #32 - Sep 5th, 2006 at 9:44am
 
Using the metasearch engine ixquick appears to be one way to avoid the privacy concerns associated with Google, AOL and other major search firms.

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Ixquick.com eliminates 'Big Brother'
HAARLEM, The Netherlands, June 27, 2006

As personal privacy concerns create growing alarm about the freedom of the Internet, the Ixquick metasearch engine (www.ixquick.com) has taken a pioneering step: starting today, Ixquick will permanently delete all personal search details gleaned from its users from the log files.

As digital technology increasingly pervades our world, more and more personal details are being stored electronically, many of them by search engines. While you are searching the internet, these engines register the time of your searches, the terms you used, the sites you visited and your IP address. In many cases this IP address makes it possible to trace the computer, and in turn the household, that carried out the search.

Ixquick's Meta Search feature enables the user to simultaneously search 11 of the best search engines. However, Ixquick does not share the user's personal data with these individual search engines in any circumstances. In addition, as of this week, Ixquick will delete the users' IP addresses and 'unique user IDs' from its own 'Log Files'.

"Therefore, any user can use Ixquick.com to search in a combination of the best search engines secure in the knowledge that they can enjoy complete protection of their privacy," continues Mr. van Eesteren.
Source:  http://us.ixquick.com/eng/press/pr_big_brother.html

Scroogle and BlackBoxSearch are two similar services.
 

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Re: Internet Searches:  Not Private?
Reply #33 - Sep 6th, 2006 at 12:16pm
 
Something new may be on the horizon.  It is called “NotMe.com,” is based on a U.S. Patent, and is scheduled to launch in October, 2006.

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Any person, from any PC, can visit any website... even purchase from that website, completely anonymous, completely secure, leaving absolutely no history nor tell tale information anywhere, with one click.

The NotMe Advantage:

Complete privacy and security at the website visted, they have no way of identifying you, nor any way to pass Cookies, Trojans, a Virus or any kind of Spyware to you.

Complete privacy and security from any PC or device connected to the internet that you happen to be using at the time with absolutely no way for the PC to track where you have been.

Complete privacy and security on your credit card statement.

And, there is absolutly no software needed, it is ISP based, so it works from any and all PC's today!

This new Patented technology is an "Indirect Portal", not a proxy, an will change how users surf the internet forever. Why? You need to do nothing except surf from NotMe when you want complete and utter privacy. The way the internet used to be way back when.
Source:  http://www.notme.com/

The claim to protect the user from all viruses and spyware is almost certainly dubious, and the poor spelling (e.g., “visted,” “absolutly”) and grammar on the website might be indicative of the quality of the service. We’ll need to wait and see how it operates.
 

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Reply #34 - Sep 20th, 2006 at 12:54pm
 
“Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday stepped up his efforts to lobby for federal laws requiring Internet providers to keep track of what their customers do online.”

For the full story, read Gonzales: ISPs must keep records on users.
 

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Reply #35 - Jan 10th, 2007 at 12:36pm
 
Numerous tools, tips and techniques related to privacy on the web may be found at:
     http://www.informationprivacy.org/
 

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Reply #36 - Feb 21st, 2007 at 9:57am
 
Anonymizer now has a 20%-off sale on its Total Net Shield service.  Based on my experience, these sales occur rarely – so, if interested, now is a good time to purchase or renew/extend a subscription.
 

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Re: Internet Searches:  Not Private?
Reply #37 - Nov 23rd, 2007 at 4:12pm
 
Anyone using TOR for Internet browsing should be concerned . . .

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Swedish researcher Dan Egerstadt recently provided users with a timely reminder that The Onion Router (TOR) anonymisation network should be enjoyed with caution. By setting up five exit nodes, Egerstad sniffed out large amounts of e-mail access data from embassies and government agencies and published some of this data on the internet.
Source:  TOR anonymisation network phished, part 2
 

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