Tor users are currently being served DuckDuckGo search results by default.Although Tor users can of course choose to browse directly to use Google if they wish — with all the baked in tracking that searching via Google entails.It routes searches via its servers to help obscure the user s IP address — a feature which aligns with the private browsing mission of Tor.Although Disconnect was founded by several ex-Googlers it has not enjoyed the smoothest relationship with Mountain View — with the latter removing its anti-tracking mobile app from its Android Play Store back in 2014.We ve reached out Disconnect, Google and Tor with questions about the situation and will update this post with any response.Earlier this month private search engine DuckDuckGo made a $25,000 donation to Tor which in recent times has been trying to diversify its funding away from reliance on the US government — including launching a crowdfunding campaign which pulled in just over $200,000 at the start of this year.
DuckDuckGo announced they have added two new features to their search engine.Searchers can now filter the search results by date, and searchers will now also see sitelinks for some of the top search results.The date filters let you filter results from the last day, week and month, so that limits the search results you see, while the new Site links is added to the search results snippets and can help you quickly get to subsections of sites, DuckDuckGo said.Here is a screen shot:These two features are rolling out to the DuckDuckGo search results now.It may take some time to see it.DuckDuckGo is a popular privacy-oriented search engine.
But you can always do more, particularly if you want to minimize traces of your Internet wanderings, or prevent your every online action from contributing to an advertising profile.You may experience some weirdness with certain websites since the extension is trying to force an encrypted connection on sites that aren t coded for this by default.Going with a little less GoogleMaybe you don t want Google itself to follow your every move online, sharing your searches with Google s other services which can sometimes provide interesting results .If you like the convenience of synced data and passwords, but just don t want to give it to Google, consider a password manager.If you really want to go deep into the privacy woods, you can switch up your DNS server to a provider that won t log or retain these lookups.It can be a scary world online, but with a few strategic moves, your Chromebook will be impervious to the wild woods of the Internet.
Researchers fear spies are aboutSecurity researchers running a project to audit open source disk encryption tool VeraCrypt have been spooked by the mysterious disappearance or non-arrival of encrypted communications.Vulnerability researchers from QuarksLab were recruited to lead the efforts, which is setting out to look for security vulnerabilities or other shortcomings in VeraCrypt's code.Using funds that were donated by DuckDuckGo and VikingVPN, we plan to hire QuarksLab to go over the code and search for vulnerabilities and backdoors, OSTIF explains.The organisations behind the exercise hope to go public with their findings in mid-September.Until then, participants of the project need to maintain the utmost secrecy.
A digital rights group backed by one of Yahoo s competitors and one of its partners has launched a Dump Yahoo campaign urging people to delete their Yahoo accounts.Yahoo compromised the security and privacy of hundreds of millions of users and all the people they communicate with by installing a secret software program that searched all incoming emails at the request of U.S. intelligence officials, Fight for the Future s exhortation to Yahoo users says.On top of bashing the troubled Sunnyvale firm over the recent reports that Yahoo rolled over for the FBI and scanned its users emails in real time, the campaign takes aim at Yahoo s record-setting breach of personal information from more than a half a billion user accounts.Fight for the Future claimed the hack occurred almost certainly because Yahoo failed to invest sufficiently in standard security practices.Yahoo is a sinking ship, the campaign materials said.Yahoo did not respond immediately to a request for comment.The company is in the process of a $4.83 billion sale to Verizon.The Dump Yahoo website offers a link to Yahoo s account-closure page, and includes a pledge people can sign declaring they ve turfed Yahoo to send a message to the company, the government and other internet firms that compromising users security carries consequences.Fight for the Future says it receives support from the Ford Foundation and Knight Foundation.It also lists, as a $25,000-or-more funder, Yahoo rival DuckDuckGo, whose namesake search engine is marketed as one that doesn t track you.
A disgraced former Territorial Army soldier who made indecent images of children has been given a sexual offences order after being caught breaching a previous one – by enabling private browsing mode on his iPhone and iPad.Paul Martin McGarrity, 56, of Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, UK, received the sexual harm prevention order SHPO at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court on Monday.The former Royal Signals sergeant was ordered "not to use any device capable of accessing the internet unless it has the capacity to retain and display the history of internet use and he makes such device available on request to a police officer" as part of a sexual offences prevention order SOPO made by a court martial at Bulford Camp.At the court martial in October 2011, McGarrity – who was listed as an "ex-sergeant" for the hearing – pleaded guilty to two counts of making an indecent image of a child.He was given a three-year Service Community Order, 150 hours' community service, and ordered to attend a registered sex offenders' programme for three years.In addition, he was handed a five-year sexual offences prevention order SOPO .
Trump has gone on the record asking for backdoors to encryption and devices, saying he supports surveillance, and is against Net Neutrality.The following are privacy tips anyone can use, but they are particularly relevant for anyone who, for example, plans to participate in protests or grassroots organizing, or for undocumented immigrants who would like to decrease their online presence.One such measure is the interception of mobile phone calls and messages, whether using a Stingray-type device which imitates a cell tower, causing phones to send it data instead or more traditional tapping at the network level.It may be a pain, but getting your family and friends switched over to one of these apps could prevent a lot of trouble down the line.Trump s naked xenophobia, tacit support of vigilantism, and lack of concern over police militarization and brutality suggest it may soon become far less safe for people of color, Muslims and Sikhs, LGBT individuals and other targeted minorities to walk home alone.Using an alternative to Google, like DuckDuckGo, helps keep your browsing habits private.
If you want to conduct general searches on things a typical person would want to know, then you head over to Google, Bing, or a less popular but very private search engine like DuckDuckGo.Those sites are great at finding information that s commonly linked between sites and discovered with common search terms.But sometimes there s a need for another kind of search, namely to locate documents that aren t explicitly linked or otherwise referenced between each other but where each contains the same rare terms.In those cases, a method called semantic mapping becomes valuable, and there s now a free option that does just that, as Engadget reports.Omnity is a search firm that has been providing a paid service to businesses and educational institutions involving the performance of semantic mapping.That is, the Omnity search engine looks specifically for rare words in otherwise unrelated documents that likely indicate that those documents are in fact related.
Carole Cadwalladr is absolutely right to highlight how Google s autocomplete and algorithmic search results can reinforce hate speech and stereotypes Google is not just a platform , Comment .What I actually tweeted was that plus – but they reap advertising revenue from the search.As a chartered engineer, I strongly agree with Ms Cadwalladr that companies such as Google, Facebook and Uber need to take responsibility for the unintended consequences of the algorithms and machine learning that drive their profits.In all the justifiable furore over the pernicious influence of rightwing websites and how it s reinforced by Google s algorithms, I m surprised no one has mentioned one longstanding, though admittedly partial, answer: don t use Google!You get a long list of options, but none from Holocaust deniers; indeed, the Holocaust doesn t come up at all.When work is right for children
DuckDuckGo, the privacy search engine that allows users to search without fear of queries being tracked, reached a major milestone last year — surpassing an accumulative 10 billion searches since the site s inception.The search engine says four billion of those searches happened in 2016.Already this year, DuckDuckGo says it had its biggest day ever when it served up 14 million searches on January 10.People are actively seeking out ways to reduce their digital footprint online, says DuckDuckGo s release, noting that a Pew Research study reported 40 percent of people believe search engines shouldn t retain information about a user s online activity.As part of the announcement, DuckDuckGo named nine organizations it supported in 2016, with donations totaling $225,000, including Freedom of the Press Foundation, OpenBSD Foundation, Tor Project, Fight for the Future and Riseup Labs.Search Engine Land's SMX West is returning to San Jose in 2017!
hen Gabriel Weinberg became sick of Google search results and being tracked everywhere he went online, he took action.The developer created add-ons to limit his personal information being collected, and this small list evolved into the increasingly popular anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo.Almost seven years after founding the company, DuckDuckGo has become a staple search engine for the privacy-conscious.In January, Weinberg and his now 35-person strong team, announced DuckDuckGo had provided answers to more than ten billion search queries.These numbers are nowhere near those celebrated by Google, Bing, or Yahoo; Google alone has 3.5 billion searches a day, but the 38-year-old has ambitions to grow beyond search."We're thinking of what else we can do to expand the proposition and give people more of a holistic privacy solution.
Tutanota, an end-to-end encrypted email service located in Germany, says it’s seeing an “exponential” uptick in sign-ups — crediting this to growing awareness of and concern for privacy online for a variety of (often political) reasons.The freemium, open source encrypted email service exited beta back in March 2015 — with a mission to broaden access to end-to-end encryption vs extant options like PGP that can be too complex for mainstream users to adopt.Tutanota uses RSA and AES encryption, and monetizes via premium tiers — offering paid extras for those who want things like additional storage.Blogging about a growth trend it says started in the second half of 2016 — but claims has “really taken off recently” — co-founder Matthias Pfau cites data from Alexa Page Rank showing the email service gained around 32,000 page ranks over the past two month, at the same time as other privacy conscious tools, such as the DuckDuckGo private search engine, also saw their rankings rise.He’s not attributing Tutanota’s user growth to any single event, such as the election of President Trump in the US, but argues it’s down to a combination of political events and issues which are driving more people to seek privacy-protecting alternatives to safeguard their communications from being parsed by third parties.“[As well as the election of Trump] also the radicalization of politics in Turkey — and other countries (France, Austria, Netherlands, Brexit & UK surveillance laws) play into it,” he suggests, when asked to what he attributes rising sign-up rates.
It’s almost impossible to avoid the cloud now, because of the movement of commercial and government services to the web, the multiplication of computing devices and the rapid growth in smartphones.Many of them run from giant cloud server farms such as Amazon’s AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform.Streaming music, video and TV services are gradually replacing DVD players, standalone hi-fis and MP3 players.You’re not obliged to use social networks, and there are alternatives to Google/Microsoft such as DuckDuckGo, ProtonMail and Zoho Workplace.These can include desktop and laptop PCs, smartphones and tablets, television set-top boxes, media servers and games consoles.To those we can add even more devices such as smart TV sets and digital radios, home security systems, electricity meters and thermostats, doorbells, fitness bands and interactive assistants such as Amazon’s Echo and Google Home.
Eileen W. wrote to me expressing concerns about online privacy, and though we’ve written about it previously I decided to add a few more tips and tricks for future readers.It is true you can never really be truly anonymous when browsing the web from any computer, but you can take several steps to make your browsing difficult to track and to make sure information you want to keep private isn’t being shared.Tor stands for The Onion Router, which is analogous to how it connects you to the internet (via several layers).Instead of just going from your home to whatever server is hosting the site you want to visit, the Tor network bounces your connection around the globe and encrypts each link, so in the end it will look like a computer in some faraway land is connecting to the site.Though the feds have cracked this network previously, it’s still one of the best ways to cover your tracks when surfing online.It’s also worth pointing out that downloading torrents over Tor is not supported, and exit nodes are set up to forbid file sharing.
p When Microsoft revealed the details of Windows 10 S on Tuesday, it sounded awfully similar to the beleaguered Windows RT.But it looks like there’s a little Windows 8.1 with Bing in there too: Microsoft will not allow Windows 10 S device owners to change the default web browser or the default search engine, as first spotted by The Verge.That means Microsoft Edge and Bing are the inescapable defaults for Windows 10 S, a stripped-down version of Windows 10 that only allows programs to be downloaded and installed from the Windows Store.Unsurprisingly, Microsoft didn’t tout the defaults disadvantage during the low-buck operating system’s debut, including it it in an online FAQ instead.Nevertheless, the truth is out there now, and it sucks for anyone who prefers Google or DuckDuckGo as their search engine.Not that there won’t be workarounds.
Well, you can’t read the mind of Google, but you can read seven insights from the Wizard of Moz, Rand Fishkin, which he shared in his presentation, The Absolute Most Up-to-Date Presentation on What the Heck is Going on With Search Engines, at Content Marketing World 2016.It consistently receives over 85% of all search engine traffic in North America, according to Gs.StatCounter.And don’t forget one of, if not the, largest commercial search “engine” of all – Amazon.com.(For example, Moz uploads a video to its own website because it wants to rank for it on Google.1 position on the results page appears twice (in the published answer from Google [Rand refers to this as the “0” position] and in the No.In contrast, some sites have lost by some estimates up to 50% of their traffic – half of their search volume is now satisfied by the featured snippets, visual carousel results, and Google Maps pages that show up in results before organic links.
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So not only is this ruling seemingly well beyond Canada's jurisdiction, it's not even effective.As the article states, nothing is keeping me from using DuckDuckGo or Bing from finding it, and the website is still live.This seems like a stupid fight.
Firefox is due for a comeback.A lot of the work the team spent on refactoring core parts of the browser is starting to pay off, and, while its market share continues to decline (especially on the desktop), Firefox today feels faster and leaner than it has in a long time.And today is a good day to give Firefox a new try because the team just launched three new Test Pilot experiments that bring voice search, built-in note taking and a tool for sending large files to the browser.These are obviously experimental tools and there’s no guarantee they will ever make it into a release version of Firefox.Indeed, the idea behind Test Pilot is to allow the Firefox team to test new concepts.Early experiments included side tabs and activity streams.