Search Engine Privacy

The terms entered into a search engine may not always be secret.  A history is saved on the local computer as well as in the search engine company logs.  In a recent case someone hit person and claimed they though it was a dear.  A search of the person’s computer revealed searched such as “hit-and-run” and out-of-state repair shops just after the accident which led to a conviction.

Ways to keep your search terms private on your local computer:

-Software programs can erase your history.  Some work better than others as information can be saved in many different places.

-Encryption programs can scramble all the information on the disk.  Disk manufacturers are developing automatic disk encryption that will perform much better.

-Note that this usually does not protect against “key loggers.”  These systems can be either hardware or software that track every key stroke.  These systems records even more information than simply intercepting information.  This is because every key stroke is recorded, even if backspace or delete keys are used.

Search engine privacy:

-Use a “proxy” service.  A proxy goes out and gets your Internet pages for you so the web site visited only has a record of the proxy and not your computer.

-Some search engines claim they do not maintain log files of who visits.

 

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