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Old Feb 24th, 2012, 12:06 PM   #7
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when using windows IE9 ensure that you under tools => tracking protection have the protection lists enabled. Also there is a special one for google since they sneakingly bypass security settings.

However it is not sufficent for visiting those websites that deliberately try to mine your machine for passwords etc which is where the OP products are good for.

Have on occasions been using Tor and it looks pretty decent.

Thanks for the link to the Startpage search engine.
Old Feb 25th, 2012, 02:57 AM   #8
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Quote from Eight:

good, now I can look up "how to make cyanide" in complete privacy. The world is a little better place..
how about places you can't open your trap without being arrested ..China maybe??
there should be 'on' button somewhere in your brain but still you seem to fail to find it..
Old Feb 28th, 2012, 08:33 AM   #9
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privacy is an elemtary right to me and noone has to know waht i do etc.

Use a VPN
Old Feb 28th, 2012, 02:23 PM   #10
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Quote from ForexForex:

How about this solution. Tails Linux OS Updated just a few days ago.
Well, any Linux distro that can be ran from a USB stick can do the same. Nevertheless, your ISP, thus your location still can be known, unless you are using your neighbour's or Starbuck's access...

But yeah, if I am running Mint from USB in a parking lot across the coffehouse, that is pretty anonymous, although kind of far away from home...
Old Aug 4th, 2012, 10:27 AM   #11
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For those that use Startpage for their search engine or are considering it, their privacy policy has been updated/improved.

Startpage privacy policy gets even better.
Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Startpage Stops Recording Browser and Platform Information Entirely.

Great news! As of this week, Startpage will no longer record browser type and platform information (also known as the "user agent") of our users. This change has gone live on both Startpage and our sister search engine Ixquick (, and translation of the text into non-English languages is underway.

The Data Collection section of our Privacy Policy has been revised to reflect this change. Our privacy policy now reads as follows:

Data Collection

We don't collect any personal information on our visitors. Nada. Zilch. Zero.
When you use Startpage, we do not record your IP address, we do not record which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.), we do not record your computer platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.), and we do not record your search words or phrases. In fact, the only information we do record is an aggregate total of how many searches are performed on our website each day (a measure of overall traffic), and those overall traffic numbers broken down by language.
Our zero data collection policy protects your privacy, since your IP address, browser, and platform information can be combined with other data to uniquely identify your computer, your location, or you. It is also important not to record search terms, since they can convey personal information as well. (Think of someone entering their own name and/or social security number.)

We're always looking for more ways to protect your privacy, and now we've gotten our data collection down to literally nothing. We are delighted with this new arrangement, and believe our users will be too!
Old Aug 5th, 2012, 07:38 AM   #12
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in every country including the USA, your internet activity can be monitored by someone. there are steps you can take to reduce the change of identity theft and things like that but please don't think your ISP, the NSA or any of the three letter agencies can't find out in less than 30 secs what you've been up to if they decided you were a person of interest.

i can't imagine the techs at fort meade at the nsa saying "we cross referenced all of the recent high value targets that we can't access their data - it seems they're all members of a website called elite trader and found a way to be invisible online"
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