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The greatest threat to your privacy may not come from cookies, spyware or
websites tracking and analysing your web surfing habits. Instead, it may come
from search engines, which collect and store records of your searches. Search
engines track your search terms, the sites you visit as a result of your
searches, the times you conduct your searches and your IP address. This makes it
possible to figure out who you are, what your likes and dislikes are, and what
you do online.
Search records can be scanned and used in any way the government sees fit.
And the records can also be inadvertently released to the public. In August
2006, AOL accidentally published the search histories of 650,000 users, and that
data was soon available on the Internet.
Here are some tips to avoid being detected:
- Don't log into search engines or their tools.
- Google: Even if you don't log into Google, it can track your searches
- Regularly change your IP address: Search engines can correlate all your
searches by tracking the IP address you're using and then using that to link
together all the searches you perform on their sites. There's a simple way to
get around this; regularly change your IP address.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-05-02 21:34:02 in Legal Articles