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Posts Tagged ‘DuckDuckGo’

Stop Giving Away Your Personal Information to Google

Posted by Writing PIs on April 7, 2012

Unless you’ve been living in a black box, you’re aware that Google has been blithely tracking user activity on the Web. Below are a few recent articles on this subject (click on link to read an article):

Google Caught Tracking Safari Users: What You Need to Know

Google announces privacy changes across products; users can’t opt out

Did Google intentionally track you?

A warrior’s forum member had this stringent advice for stopping Google from tracking your web activities:

if you want to avoid Google knowing anything about you, stop using Google’s services. Like in Orson Well’s 1984 big brother wants to know everything. The more information you allow Google to know, they more control they gain over your life.

Okay, but some people do like to use Google — after all, it’s still the most comprehensive public, and free, search engine available. Fortunately, there are other options, as well as preventative measures, that people can take to protect Google from tracking their web activities.

How Trackable Is Your Browser?

Panopticlick, a research project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, tests your browser to see what information it shares with other sites. The service is free and anonymous.

A Few Tips for Protecting Your Browsing

Also, check out “Related Articles” at the bottom of this post.

Why Not Use a Proxy Service?

Although a proxy service, such as Anonymizer, hides a user’s IP address, it doesn’t necessarily anonymize the user’s personal information found in HTTP headers.

Have a great weekend, Writing PIs

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Tracking People: Google, Social Media and Surveillance

Posted by Writing PIs on February 18, 2012

Get Out of My Face, Google+

Had an interesting experience this morning. Logged in to one of our email accounts…and had a lengthy message from Google+ with suggestions, based on the activity in that email account, for blogs we might like to follow. Oh, really? Like, uh, we wanted to know that? Scrolled down to the bottom of the message where Google+, in fine and barely legible print (tinted a lighter shade of pale), identified where to click to change preferences we’d never set up. De-selected checkmarks for every single item.

DuckDuckGo Is the Way to Go-Go

Unlike Google, DuckDuckGo doesn’t share your searches with sites. As they state on their home page, they don’t “track or bubble” you. Here at Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes, we like to think we’re relatively techno-savvy, but we needed to read up on what “bubble” means. For those of you in the same boat, here’s a link where DuckDuckGo nicely presents an infographic of what the term means and how they don’t bubble your searches: DuckDuckGo’s Definition of Bubble.

We’ll still use Google for some searches because it’s the most comprehensive, free public search engine available. Otherwise, we’re going with DuckDuckGo.

Social Media Sites: The Fraud Investigator’s New Best Friend

Interesting article in The Fraud Examiner about mining social media sites for clues in fraud investigations. To read article, click here.

The Old-Fashioned Way to Track a Subject: Rolling Surveillance

Colleen Collins, one of the Gums, Gams, and Gumshoes PIs, writes about her experience tracking a felon across three counties several years ago. It’s interesting how many people think 21st-century PIs do everything electronically — this article is a reminder that sometimes PIs still gumshoe it the “old-fashioned” way. To read the article, click on link below:

The Day I Tracked a Felon Across Three Counties

Have a great weekend, Writing PIs

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