Seven ways to keep your search history private

The greatest threat to your privacy may not come from cookies, spyware or Web sites tracking and analyzing 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 subpoenaed by the federal government and used in any way the government sees fit. And the records can also be inadvertently released to the public, for all the world to see. For example, in August 2006, AOL LLC accidentally published the search histories of 650,000 users, and that data soon spread throughout the Internet.

Does this mean that you give up your privacy every time you visit a search engine? Not if you're smart about it. Follow these seven tips, and you'll go a long way toward keeping your search history private, no matter which search engine you use. Seven ways to keep your search history private

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 9th March 2007 1:17AM