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Privacy Search Engine Offers Anonymous Web Browsing

Proxy service keeps you hidden online

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Search engine firm Startpage, and its E.U. brand, Ixquick, has released a new proxy service that allows Internet users to surf the web in privacy.

The proxy lets users browse websites anonymously, without sharing any private, personally identifiable information to the websites they view.

When users conduct a search on Startpage they will see a clickable "proxy" option below each search result. When this option is selected, Startpage acts as a go-between to retrieve the page and display it in a privacy- protected window.

The proxy offers complete anonymity, since the user never makes direct contact with the third-party website. The user’s IP address is invisible to the viewed website. In addition, the website cannot see or place cookies on the user’s browser.

"People are more concerned about online data retention policies than ever before," said CEO Robert Beens.

"We wanted to offer them a useful tool and this proxy is a logical extension of our services. A search engine is a starting point for people to visit other pages. Now our users can take the privacy they get with Startpage to the next step, and go privately to the sites they have found as well. This proxy completes the total search privacy picture."

 Startpage says it does not record IP addresses, make a record of users’ searches, or record details about proxy usage.

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  • http://www.JetCityOrange.com/Tor/ Jerry Whiting

    OK, so I’m not questioning the technique of surfing through a proxy but why oh why should we trust any one vendor? Especially a new one we don’t know or trust?

    If you’re concerned about privacy on the net, REALLY concerned, trust something like Tor [JetCityOrange.com/Tor/] where no one individual or company sits between you and where you surf. I’m not saying I don’t trust Start Page / Ixquick but with Tor I don’t have to trust any one proxy node.

    Let’s hope Start Page isn’t a honeypot run by The Man.

    • Jack

      In reference to the last (only?) comment, I use TOR but when I start Internet Explorer it goes directly to my home page: yahoo.com….therefore, yahoo knows some info about my IP address and at least that I am in the US. When I run a proxy (not TOR–haven’t tried startpage–but privoxy for example) and open IE, the yahoo page comes up in the German language so I have more reason to believe no one knows where I am!!! With Tor that is not the case.

      Sorry. I didn’t notice a “reply” link after your posting and ended up posting this first.

  • jack

    In reference to the last (only?) comment, I use TOR but when I start Internet Explorer it goes directly to my home page: yahoo.com….therefore, yahoo knows some info about my IP address and at least that I am in the US. When I run a proxy (not TOR–haven’t tried startpage–but privoxy for example) and open IE, the yahoo page comes up in the German language so I have more reason to believe no one knows where I am!!! With Tor that is not the case.

  • Guest

    I myself do not feel too comfortable divulging unknowingly my personal information all over the Internet every time I go online so I use Anonymizer. It’s great because I am protected no matter how I choose to connect to the Internet – from my Mac, iPad, or PC.