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Startpage Search Engine, is this site legit?

I had a friend tell me about this just now. Does anyone use this site or know anything about it.


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What is a good, private email

What is a good, private email service? I use Hushmail.

How is Mozilla Thunderbird?

They're working on StartMail, too

a secure email service. Hopefully, beta testing will be coming soon.

one of the things i like

one of the things i like about startpage, is that they give you the ability to edit the search page settings without using cookies, it generates a unique startpage url, which you use as your homepage/bookmark which tells startpage which settings to use

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THanks everyone

Keep on keep on!!!

n psychology, cognitive dissonance is the excessive mental stress and discomfort[1] experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time.

I've also been

using startpage for a couple years... as other have said, some search results are omitted but it works pretty well. I didn't realize ixquick searched more than just google results, I am off to experiment, maybe I will update my homepage.

Another term for preventive war is aggressive war- starting wars because someday somebody might do something to us. That is not part of the American tradition.
-Ron Paul

that's what I was getting

that's what I was getting ready to say. It's a great tool for privacy, butmany search terms don't give as pure results compared to Google. Also, if you're using a long search string, you may not get any results where you still do with Google.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

My Homepage

It's legit.

It's been my homepage

for at least a year now. As to security, I read what they say about it and since I have no way to verify I just gotta trust them - and as of now I trust them more than google. The only 'problem' I seewith it is that if your looking for 'images', they don't have many secure ones, so I do use google for that.

I guess I can be arrested for looking up images of flowers and birds as it's an easy jump to seeing me as an eco-terrorist.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

I have been using Duckduckgo.

Of course. Has anyone heard anything nefarious about this SSL Search Engine?

How about Hushmail? Any bad press?

I use DuckDuckGo as well and

I use DuckDuckGo as well and love it. Once you learn to use the 'bangs' it is even better ( https://duckduckgo.com/bang.html )

I've also heard great things about YaCy ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YaCy ), in particular from Adam Curry on the No Agenda Show, but I haven't used it.


Sounds neat. I will try it.

I use it as my homepage

I hope it's working as advertised. This company is beta testing a new secure email system this summer, so I'm looking out for that too.


it is the same as

the techs here, recommended it couple years back

StartPage and its sister search engine Ixquick have in their 14-year history never provided a single byte of user data to the US government, or any other government or agency. Not under PRISM, nor under any other program in the US, nor under any program anywhere in the world. We are not like Yahoo, Facebook, Google, Apple, Skype, or the other US companies who got caught up in the web of PRISM surveillance.

Here's how we are different:

StartPage does not store any user data. We make this perfectly clear to everyone, including any governmental agencies. We do not record the IP addresses of our users and we don't use tracking cookies, so there is literally no data about you on our servers to access. Since we don't even know who our customers are, we can't share anything with Big Brother. In fact, we've never gotten even a single request from a governmental authority to supply user data in the fourteen years we've been in business.
StartPage uses encryption (HTTPS) by default. Encryption prevents snooping. Your searches are encrypted, so others can't "tap" the Internet connection to snoop what you're searching for. This combination of not storing data together with using strong encryption for the connections is key in protecting your Privacy.
Our company is based in The Netherlands, Europe. US jurisdiction does not apply to us, at least not directly. Any request or demand from ANY government (including the US) to deliver user data, will be thoroughly checked by our lawyers, and we will not comply unless the law which actually applies to us would undeniably require it from us. And even in that hypothetical situation, we refer to our first point; we don't even have any user data to give. We will never cooperate with voluntary spying programs like PRISM.
StartPage cannot be forced to start spying. Given the strong protection of the Right to Privacy in Europe , European governments cannot just start forcing service providers like us to implement a blanket spying program on their users. And if that ever changed, we would fight this to the end.


It's not just our policy - it's our business.

Not the same as ixquick

I think it was developed by the same group of people and, to my knowledge, both startpage and ixquick are secure and trustable.

Where they differ, however, is that startpage queries google and returns the results to you without all the tracking being attributed to your computer. Ixquick is the same except that it searches search engines other than google and returns those results. I have 2 shortcuts on my browser for these 2 search engines. If you stop using google for (I think) 9 months, they archive your search results and you're not on their "active" list (something like that).

Startmail is still in the process of being developed by the way. It promises to be secure email. I heard a rumor it will cost $50 per year but I'll be more than happy to pay it.