Search While Protecting Yourself From – Google?
“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”
– Eric Schmidt, Google CEO
With the Google hack in headlines news recently, there seems to be another war going on. This one is against… Google. It appears that Google tracks EVERYTHING you do while you use its search features. Including the webpages you clicked on when doing your searches, the news you’ve read and the places that you asked directions for.
Moxie Marlinspike, computer software expert, penetration tester and the one who showed the world that SSL can be completely bypassed, is now taking on the privacy issues with using Google. His Firefox plug-in called “Google Sharing” connects you to a Google sharing proxy server that protects you from Google’s tracking methods. A full explanation and the software can be found at http://www.googlesharing.net/index.html.
As with any proxy type software, security is a risk, because you are opening a network path from your PC to an unknown system. But if your privacy concerns outweigh the risk, then Google Sharing may be the way to go.
Daniel W. Dieterle