Use Search Encrypt’s Extension to Protect Yourself From Search Engines that Track You
Search Encrypt’s search tool extension lets you search the web with more privacy and confidence than with a traditional search engine.
Most Search Engines Want to Know Who You Are and What You Search For
When you search on most search engines, the search engine wills tore information about what you searched for and who you are. While these search engines may make this seem like a positive thing for offering more features and customized search results, a search engine doesn’t need this information.
Search Encrypt doesn’t link you to your search terms, or store any personally identifiable information about you. By putting your privacy first, Search Encrypt lets you put your own interests first, rather than the search company’s interest in profits.
How Search Encrypt’s Extension Works
With Search Encrypt’s extension added to your browser, whenever we detect you are searching on a search engine that may track you, we redirect your search to our privacy-focused search engine.
What Happens When You Search With The Search Encrypt Extension?
- Search Encrypt checks the URL of the websites you visit. We do not log or store that data anywhere.
- For your privacy, Search Encrypt intercepts the requests if it’s on our list of sites that may track your searches.
- Search Encrypt encrypts your search term locally using industry standard AES-256 encryption.
- Your locally encrypted search term is securely transmitted to our servers.
- To provide you with the most relevant results possible, we then decrypt your search term and securely request results from our search & content partners.
- We aggregate the most relevant results and securely display them to you.
- For added security, your local browsing history for any search we protect expires and goes away after 15 minutes of inactivity.
Other Browser Extensions That Protect You from Web Trackers
These browser extensions also work to keep you safer on the internet. They all align with our vision for creating a safer web with more emphasis on privacy. While Search Encrypt can protect your searches on our website, we cannot protect you from the trackers that other websites have running on their sites.
To help keep yourself more private regardless of the websites you visit, try these other extensions:
Ghostery detects tracking on websites you visit and then blocks the tracking to speed up page load times. It eliminates clutter while protecting your data. Ghostery recently deployed artificial intelligence which should greatly improve its already strong ad-blocking and tracker blocking. This extension is also the ad-blocker of choice for Edward Snowden.
Ghostery works well by default, but also offers customized settings. Ghostery is also easy to pause if you find that essential parts of the website are being mistaken as trackers.
Privacy Badger is similar to Ghostery in that it blocks tracking. However, rather than blocking all content, it only blocks the tracking scripts that follow you from one site to another. When Privacy Badger detects a source that is tracking you across different websites, it tells your browser to stop loading the content from that source. However, Privacy Badger has one feature that really sets it apart: If the content that is tracking you is essential to a page’s functionality, Privacy Badger will allow it to load with the tracking capabilities blocked.
Privacy Badger is run by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a major advocate for digital privacy.
Disconnect offers many browser extensions for mobile and desktop. Its main browser extension is called Disconnect Private Browsing. Disconnect works by blocking third parties from tracking the webpages you visit. If a website makes a network request to connect to anything besides the site you’re visiting, that content will be blocked from loading.
NoScript Security Suite
NoScript is an extension for Mozilla Firefox that blocks malicious scripts that could be used for tracking purposes. It blocks scripts, plug-ins and other code that could attack your system. Edward Snowden endorses NoScript Security Suite as a tool to fight Surveillance States.
ScriptSafe is like NoScript, but works for Google Chrome and other browsers. It has solid reviews and positive responses from its users online. It allows users to easily switch the blocking on and off, if they want to temporarily allow some feature to load. It has recently updated to be more intuitive and user-friendly. ScriptSafe also uses a privacy by design model, which means it uses a “block first, ask later” approach. So some websites you may visit regularly may be blocked by default.
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