Search Histories and Privacy
In light of recent news about AOL leaking user’s search terms, this EFF article about keeping search history private is very much a good idea and should be required reading for everyone who uses search engines and wants to keep their personal information private.
How To Keep Your Search History Private
August 15, 2006 How can you help prevent damaging privacy invasions like AOL’s data leak? Along with spreading the word about this debacle, you can take steps to protect yourself online. Beneath the fold, we’ve listed some tips and tools that will help keep your search history private.
* Don’t put personally-identifying information in your searches, at least not in a way that can be associated with your other searches. You should take the precautions below to avoid giving away your identity to your search engine anyway, but they’re especially necessary if you want to do a search to see if your personal information has appeared online or want to do a vanity search for your name.
This advice is only a start, but it’s a good one. There are lots of free tools and things you can do to easily improve your privacy and personal security online. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll go over some of what I believe are the better methods and tools over the next couple of weeks.
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