Search Engines – Growing Privacy Concerns
Privacy on the Internet is increasingly under attack, as searches and visits are routinely recorded and combined into personal and behavioral profiles by the major 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.
If you are regular Googler use if you have not yet seen what information about the web searches Google stores about you, I would suggest you to head over to your Google History. Just type http://www.google.com/history in your browser and you will be scared to know how much private information Google has been storing about you. It is chilling.
Why Search Engines Store Your Private Data
The most common reason for the search engines to store your private information is related to serving customized results based upon your searching habits. The other reason, which is more of a commercial nature, is that related to advertising. Everybody knows that the revenues of search engines is generated through the advertisements and sponsored results. And the advertisements work best when they are present to the targeted audience.
Search Engines use your private search history to show targeted advertisements to you so as to maximize the ROI for its advertisors.
Is There Any Private Search Engine
IXQuick is a useful Search Engine which ensures your privacy concerns and at the same time is able to present you the best search results from different trusted sources. IXQuick uses a complex algorithm to search different sources like All the Web, Ask, Bing, Cuil, EntireWeb, Exalead, Gigablast, Lycos, Open Directory, Qkport, Wikipedia and Yahoo.
Remember, Google, the largest and arguably the best search engine is not included in the list. You can also de-select any of the source from the list, so as to exclude the results from that source from your search results.
IXQuick earlier used to record the user data and then delete it within 48 hours, But now they have changed their algorithms and now they not even record the user IP Address. This is what they say on this issue.
Why did Ixquick first delete user related data within 48 hours and now doesn’t even record IP addresses at all anymore? Before January 2009 this was done for diagnostic and maintenance purposes. For example, if a site was abusing our servers and causing server overloads, our log files enabled us to trace and block the particular IP address responsible for the abuse. Our technicians have worked hard to develop alternative means to prevent abuse of our systems without the need to retain IP addresses of our legitimate users. We are very happy not recording their IP’s anymore.
Ixquick was awarded the first European Privacy Seal (EuroPriSe) for its privacy practices on July 14, 2008. This European Union-sponsored initiative guarantees compliance with EU laws and regulations on data security and privacy, through a series of design and technical audits.
Today IXQuick may not be in the same league of big search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing etc., but it certainly has carved its own space and is used by its loyal users actively.
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