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Message from search engine "StartPage.com"

A big Thank You to StartPage.com for defending our privacy.

Giant US government Internet spying scandal revealed

The Washington Post and The Guardian have revealed a US government mass Internet surveillance program code-named "PRISM". They report that the NSA and the FBI have been tapping directly into the servers of nine US service providers, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Yahoo, YouTube, AOL and Skype, and began this surveillance program at least seven years ago. (clarifying slides)

These revelations are shaking up an international debate.

StartPage has always been very outspoken when it comes to protecting people's privacy and civil liberties. So it won't surprise you that we are a strong opponent of overreaching, unaccountable spy programs like PRISM. In the past, even government surveillance programs that were begun with good intentions have become tools for abuse, for example tracking civil rights and anti-war protesters.

Programs like PRISM undermine our Privacy, disrupt faith in governments, and are a danger to the free Internet.

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.
Privacy.

It's not just our policy - it's our business.
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We are working hard to offer you an encrypted email service later this year called StartMail. We have to stand up and protect our freedoms from increasing overreach from data gatherers. You've made the right choice by using StartPage.com. Now is the time to tell others!

Sincerely,

Robert E.G. Beens
CEO StartPage.com and Ixquick.com




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I use it

Actually I used it a while back, then got out of the habit.

I'm back in the habit now. Great service.

Phxarcher87's picture

you

can make it a permanent search engine through your settings most likely

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" - Mark Twain

Been Using it Too!

Have used startpage for years. It lets you access Google search while protecting you from cookies and ip tracking.

Anybody know if there is such a service for Bing?

I don't know why the hell I didn't switch years ago!

I actually need to change my emails from gmail too!

start page needs to turn off parental search by default

main reason I don't use it. I can't add it to my search engine list as it gets added with parental search on.

Go to 'Settings'

and change it yourself.

Like I said

you can't add it to your list of search engines in non parental mode. You can make a bookmark or you can save a cookie with your settings but I wipe my cookies daily.

Parental mode should be off by default.

Been using start page for while..

you can check the search results in a proxy, which is nice. You can also get the search add on for firefox:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/startpage-ssl...

I AM is all that is. Everything else is malleable.

Thanks

Thanks

You should also....

Secure your Operating System:
http://www.blackviper.com/

Internet Explorer Or Firefox Secure your browser:
http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/securing_browser/#Internet_Exp...

Use Firefox with "No-Script".
http://noscript.net/

HTTPS ANYWHERE: (FOR Internet Explorer & Firefox)
https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

Chrome/Firefox: HTTPS Everywhere is a simple extension that, with just a one-click installation, can seriously increase your security on over 1,400 web sites by encrypting your connection.

We've talked before about HTTPS, what it does, and why you should use it. Many sites, like Gmail (and Facebook, with caveats) have options that let you browse with HTTPS always turned on, but the HTTPS Everywhere extension makes this simpler. Instead of turning it on for individual sites, HTTPS Everywhere will automatically routes all your data through a secure connection on any of its 1,400 supported web sites, keeping your information safe and away from prying eyes—in short, it's an extension everyone should have installed.

All of the above are free btw...

Just takes some time but is well worth it...I would also like to add:

Anonymization since 1997
Protect your privacy, protect your data, protect it for free.
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boxpn has the strongest 2048bit SSTP encryption available at all our servers. Theoritically, it takes around 1 Million years for super computer to decrypt our data.

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Truecrypt

I'd like to add Truecrypt to your list. You can encrypt whole drives, volumes, folders or just files. If you encrypt your drive, it needs a password to boot or read any of the data. Once it's booted, it's no longer safe though but you can do just files too.

Also about passwords, 8 characters is no longer enough. Have at least 12 and more if you can.

A really good password is "thiscouldbebetterbuti'lltakeitbecauseitworks". Computers have a hard time cracking language. A long sentence is more secure than a short random amount of letters and numbers.

KeePass is also good for passwords. http://keepass.info/
You can store your passwords (which needs to be encrypted and safe) or you can just generate good ones.

password tip

just $0.02 on passwords

randomness is not really necessary if you are talking about a brute force scenario...The most important password characteristic would be to have at least one of each: letter (upper & lower-case), number, and symbol.

After that length is the next most important attribute. However just because a password is long doesn't mean it needs to be hard to remember. you can use a technique such as 'padding' to keep a password easy to remember.

Example:

frog (terrible)
Fr0g (bad)
Fr0g. (not as bad)

../\/\/\Fr0g/\/\/\..
(this password will take approx. 1.09 million trillion centuries to crack)

lol, anyways read more here: https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

Since its start, I've always

Since its start, I've always used iquick/startpage for researching because I don't trust google & most search engines - love the privacy!

Startpage vs. Ixquick

What's the difference between Startpage and Ixquick?

It's my understanding...

It's my understanding that Ixquick returns the top 10 results from multiple search engines privately. Startpage returns results from Google privately.

I just don't like image search on Startpage.com, but hopefully it will get better.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixquick

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SteveMT's picture

They are sister search engines.

No difference except the url. They like redundancy. Guess why?

Cool word?

Because redundency is a cool word? Lol.

Browser and operating system?

Is the browser and operating system identified? I actually prefer this in order to boost the detected market share of my favorite software, Firefox and Fedora (Linux).

SteveMT's picture

The other name for start page is ixquick. Yup, I like it a lot.

www.ixquick.com
https://www.ixquick.com/eng/prism-program-revealed.html
Ixquick and its sister search engine StartPage 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:

Ixquick 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.
Ixquick 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.
Ixquick 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.
https://www.ixquick.com/eng/prism-program-revealed.html

I may try it out

but I've been using www.privatelee.com for a few years of doing my searches. I like it and it protects my IP, no cookies, etc just like startpage.

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the more the merrier, thanks

the more the merrier, thanks for sharing

Thank you for this post, I

Thank you for this post, I was looking for an alternative to google since this PRISM issue came out. Now on to looking for an alternative to Verizon. Youtube is going to be hard to avoid, but then again I do not give them any money. We should do what ever we can to use alternative to all of these companies that complied to PRISM, whether they were force of not, hit were it matters most, in their pocket books.

It is better to look dumb and not be, than to look smart and not be.

Is there a browser similar to

Is there a browser similar to this? I currently use Chrome, so switching search engines seems futile without switching browsers. Please help, thanks.

Chrome spys on you, too :(

It doesn't matter what search engine you use if you use Chrome. Chrome spys on you, too. I use Firefox. Mozilla is an awesome non-profit web advocacy group. Also their politics is libertarian friendly because they rely mostly on affecting market forces rather lobbying government to pass laws. They also have helped organize people against legislation like SOPA/PIPA and CISPA. Firefox isn't all that similar though because it was designed around being highly customizable and extensible, but Chrome was designed to be so simplified that I couldn't make basic customizations when I tried it out.

If you happen to be using Linux, Rekonq is similar, but you're probably using Windows.

Yes that's why I asked. i was

Yes that's why I asked. i was thinking Firefox, but it seems like almost any company that big/well known would be subject to gov control. Thanks for taking the time to reply.

More info if you're interested

Firefox is free and open source so anyone can read the code and contribute code, assuming that the code recieve's approval from Mozilla's quality control "sherrifs." It's true they make money from companies like Yahoo and Google to pay developers, but that's for providing their search engines built into their search bar, not for providing data. You can add other search engines into the bar as well, including StartPage.com. Mozilla, alongside the Electronic Fronteir Foundation, has lead the charge against government involvement in the internet. They have also tried to lead in the establishment of free market mechanisms to enhance privacy from advertisers. That way, privacy is enhanced while people are still free to make contracts as they please and sites' free speech isn't being curtailed with disclosure laws. Needless to say, it's an uphill battle. Microsoft recently totally derailed one of their almost successful programs. Both Apple and Microsoft has been fighting very hard against Mozilla's web standards in the W3C (a market-based consortium that desides standards for web languages and what not) because the web standards make the web more competitive and prevent a future Internet Explorer-like monopoly from forming again.

Chrome is also free and open source, but that's also how everyone knows that they spy on users, lol.

Tor Browser

Tor Browser

ill check it out thanks.

ill check it out thanks.

Encryption does not equal safe

Both duckduckgo.com and startpage.com use public Certificate Authorities (CA), GeoTrust and GoDaddy respectively. (Click the little globe/padlock on the left of the URL to find out) If the public CAs are giving the NSA access to fake certificates, then any encryption is susceptible to Man In The Middle (MITM) attacks. There were already reports that specific hardware was manufactured for such purposes.

Encryption is only safe if you can trust the other party, which in this case are the two public corporations.