Google is Tracking Your Every Move
As a Web designer, I spend a LOT of time on the Web. As a curious person, I spend a LOT of time using search engines. But as a person who values my privacy, it pains me to know how my daily activities might be used against me.
I know Google’s motto is “Don’t Be Evil,” but they’re watching you and me and tracking our every move on the Internet. If you use Google as your search engine you will get great search results. But at the price of your privacy. Maybe that doesn’t mean much to you. But it does to me.
Every time you do a search, Google “captures” the information and adds it to an ongoing profile of your searching habits. This is a gold mine of information that they sell to marketers who then “feed” you ads that are geared to your interests (as displayed in the content of your searches). If you search for toasters, all of a sudden you will be finding ads for toasters when you visit Web sites. That’s how they do that. By tracking you. I don’t want ads. And I don’t want the feeling that my curiosity is an open book. I would rather explore the universe of knowledge (and shopping) in privacy.
An Alternative to Google
Until recently, I have been using an alternative search engine called Scroogle Scraper. Scroogle acts like a cloak or mask to hide your IP information from Google while it uses Google’s search database for results. I’ve been happy with Scroogle until quite recently when I’ve found it unavailable for some unexplained reason(s). So I went searching for an alternative. And I found one.
I, too, appreciate the relevance of results that a Google search produces. But I don’t want them to know my every thought and track my curiosity and sell my information to enhance their bottom line. Thanks, but no thanks. What if I told you that you could get the same excellent search results, but without the prying eyes? Would you be interested?
Same Search Quality. No Prying “Eyes”
It’s called StartPage, and it uses Google’s search engine, but promises no tracking. StartPage also “masks” your IP information, so no traces of you are retained by Google. But it goes one step further. It also act as a Proxy when you surf the Web using your search results as the springboard. More on this service in a future post.