When you do a Google search online, you probably think you're just searching for information, and finding it. But Google is notorious for keeping track of your personal information.
Google mostly keeps tabs on you for a fairly innocent-sounding reason: to show you ads you'll find interesting. But what else is it tracking, and who else are they sharing your information with? Google has taken some heat over the years for its tracking habits, and you can take some control, but maybe you want a search site that keeps your private information private.
One of those sites is Ixquick (it also goes by StartPage.com), which calls itself the world’s most private search engine. It doesn’t record your IP address, browser information or search history, so advertisers can’t track you.
This search site gives you the option to keep your Web searches private by using a proxy. So sites you visit won't even know your real IP address. This is similar to a program like Tor, but without the hassle of setting it up. Using Ixquick's proxy may slow down your searches, but it's worth it, if you're less concerned about speed than you are about your privacy.