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Windows 7: Search more securely with encrypted Google web search

25 May 2010   #21


avoid using Google then. BING maybe?

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25 May 2010   #22

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You think MS is not tracking your internet usage
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25 May 2010   #23

Windows 7 32bit, Snow leopard

hmm.. I never wanted really had a reason to search for these kind of things that may put me in some kind of danger.
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25 May 2010   #24

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).

In adding SSL encryption to its primary search engine, Google isn't just protecting your traffic from anyone sniffing your network. It's also preventing third-party webmasters from tracking the search terms you used to find their sites. That may be a good thing for netizens intent on privacy lockdown. But for webmasters, it could be a bit of a problem.
In a blog post following Google's news, Clicky — a web analytics firm — went so far as to announce the death of analytics. "Say goodbye to search analytics," the post reads.

At the moment, Google's SSL search is tagged as a "beta" and it's optional. Users must explicitly visit to use it. But Google has indicated it hopes to expand the service, and Clicky's knickers are in a twist. "I really hope Google never considers making this the default, because that would be very irritating for web masters — we would have no idea what people were searching for to get to our site, which is arguably the #1 reason to run analytics in the first place," the company says.
Google's encrypted search casts shadow on web analytics • The Register
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25 May 2010   #25


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
You think MS is not tracking your internet usage
you bet I am.
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26 May 2010   #26

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Would just like to mention that I have no problem with my internet usage being tracked, I am concerned about what they do with the information. Either on purpose or if their data base happens to get invaded.
There have been several examples of this happening already.

Just a couple of examples, when using IE they will 'suggest' sites that might interest you (unless you disable it), how do they know what might interest you?

Other browsers do the same thing, the general idea is to be helpful, but this information can be used in an unhelpful way and the individual should have the choice to control the extent of information that anyone gathers about you.

On the good side, MS has been able to find not so genuine installations of their OS.
Which I think they have the right to do.

Where to draw the line is the issue at hand.
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26 May 2010   #27


I rarely giving my real data on the internet. If they want to use my data for other reason. well two can play that game
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26 May 2010   #28

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For good basic personal security no one should give any personal data to the public, there're people out there that will mis-use it.

E-mail address and IP addresses are somewhat of a risk as well.

Any website that has a logon and or username can start to gather data with that information, add an e-mail address to that and you could start getting advertising spam, low level inconvenience, but an unnecessary one non the less.

There can be the possibility of getting much worse if the wrong people start collecting various seemingly superficial information about you. Hacking bank account info, identity theft, are among some of the more serious possibilities, that have happened.

My opinion is it's better to control all that you can.

Food for thought.
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