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Comment: Encryption does not equal safe

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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.