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6 steps to stay private while you search

AOL's Data Leak: Were You Exposed?

After my post on the AOL debacle, EFF has some steps to keep your search history private.

  • Don't put personally-identifying information in your searches, little keywords to leave an entire trail to you.
  • Don't use a search engine operated by your ISP, that way you do not end up as AOL searcher no xyz (example)
  • Don't log in to a search engine account such as GMail or Yahoo while searching
  • Don't accept cookies from your search engine
  • Use a separate browser or browser profile for search and for other activities.
  • Use an anonymizing proxy, or proxy network like Tor, to prevent search engines from learning your IP address

If you are an AOL user spread the word.

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