How To Protect Your Privacy When Using Search Engine.

Google privacy searchIf you are registered to Google and entered into the system, then yes, all that you have searched with Google, will be recorded in the history of the search. If you are not logged in or registered, but have not logged in, the data on search will not be logged. If you use services such Google, like Gmail, Picasa, iGoogle, Google Groups, or Adwords, you have an existing registration.

Although it sounds a little scary, but the function of Google’s Web History provides some interesting possibilities. It can be used to view the minutes of their previous searches and sites visited. You can also find the full text of visited pages. Information about the history of the search Web History is confidential, Google will not disclose it to third parties. However, if you feel uncomfortable with the presence of this feature, you can delete the search history or disable Web History function itself. To do this, log in to Web History, select the Remove items («Delete content”), and then click Clear entire Web History («Delete the history of Internet search.”)

Providers of other popular search engines such as Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL, do not say (or do not confess?) That they keep a record of search history for each individual user, while at the same time they keep statistics on search data aggregated level. The author believes that they are a magazine dealing with IP addresses and search terms, but do not store information that could be used to associate the event search to specific users or user accounts.

Perhaps, however, that with the IP address and a list of search terms, one can guess as to who carried out the search. Journals Search History Reserved privacy policy pursued by each provider, and which is supposed to prevent the escape of these data to third parties. However, this does not imply that such a leak can not occur. In 2006, AOL accidentally leaked 20 million search records, collected randomly from 658 000 users over a three-month period. The researchers were able to analyze the data and put forward suggestions about the identity of some users, who were represented there.

Some providers of search (namely, Google and Microsoft), pledged to make data anonymous after finding 18 – 24 months of obfuscation by IP addresses, delete cookies and other identifiers from search terms. According to the author, using the search engine the user has no way to completely avoid logging search history, but one option, when used in a program of anonymity.

By the way, do not confuse the story of a search engine and search history in your browser. Completely separate from the logging and tracking of activities occurring on the server search engines, your browser also keeps a list you type search queries.

Who else is watching over you?
When you use the Internet, all the information you are looking for every web site you visit, even send and receive e-mails – all pass through the servers of your ISP. These servers have a complete picture of your World Wide Web, not just the story of your search for a particular search engine. And since you are a client of the service provider, it has a unique opportunity to associate your IP address with your real name and physical location.

However, logs visited pages collected by the service provider is stored only for as long as they are needed to solve business problems, such as the resolution of differences in billing and market research. In addition, at the request of the U.S. government logs of Internet activity of users can be stored by providers for an additional 90 days in accordance with the law in 1996, Electronic Communication Transactional Records Act. Being a non-ideal for the user, the policy of delay records of Internet activity, however, is controlled and has a well-defined limits, designed to protect user privacy.

However, you should always take into account the human factor. Someone must have access to this data.  We regularly learn about the medical workers who dig in the patient and transmit the dirty details of celebrity tabloid reporters.

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