DuckDuckGo – The Browser That Doesn’t Track You, Unlike Google

June 15, 2013

Time to sh*t-can Google!

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When you search Google, and click on a link,

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your search term is usually sent to that site,

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along with your browser & computer info,

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which can often uniquely identify you.

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That’s creepy, but who cares about some random site?

Those sites usually have third-party ads,

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and those third-parties build profiles about you,

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and that’s why those ads follow you everywhere.

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That’s creepy too, but who cares about some herpes ads?

Your profile can also be sold,

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and potentially show up in unwanted places,

like higher prices and getting insurance.

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But there’s more.

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Remember your searches?

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Google also saves them.

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Your saved searches can be legally requested,

and then come back to bite you (happens).

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Or a bad Google employee could go snooping (happens).

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Or Google could get hacked (happens).

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That’s why we don’t send your searches to other sites.

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Or store any personal information at all.

That’s our privacy policy in a nutshell.

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So don’t get tracked when searching.

Use DuckDuckGo instead.  

Privacy is just one of many reasons why it’s awesome.

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Aloha, Mikie

~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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The United Nations, Obama & Google; This Does NOT End Well

December 4, 2012

Eric Schmidt, the head of Google supposedly is being vetted for a cabinet post in Nobama’s 2nd term (will it be his last?) Silly me. I almost forgot Obama doesn’t vet anyone.  Was Huma Amedin vetted? Obviously not or surely they would noticed her ties (mother, father, brother) to the Muslim Bros. & Company. But I digress.

After all, Schmidt meets all the criteria: he gave a ton of money to Obama starting from way back in 2007. And he and Nobama have this shared belief (hat-tip Drudge) of “changing the world from the bottom up, not the top down.” (code for income redistribution -BTW notice how it’s always guys like Obama, Schmidt, Gates & Buffett who are ok with this redistribution of wealth -other peoples!)

Here’s something funny. According to OpenSecrets.org Google managers & employees donated ~$803,000 to this campaign. Only staffers at Goldman Sachs & Microsoft gave more. What a surprise. Nobama hates big business, but loves their money.

Ok back on topic. The UN is trying again to take control of the internet from ICANN (internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers), the private sector, non-profit corp created in 1998 to assume responsibility for Domain names, IP addresses, etc.,  (it got to be too much for Al). The UN wants the power away from the US and with the UN.

Nobama acts like he’s against this, but you know his control issues, so my guess is if Schmidt and Google are getting in bed together on this it will not end well for consumers -you know us little guys.

But here’s the crazy thing. Schmidt is being considered for Treasury Secretary. Huh? Oh don’t worry I think I’ll get in touch with John Boehner and let him know this doesn’t look like it will be less government in our lives. Just as soon as he fixes this “cliff” thing.

Aloha, Mikie

~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)


Google, YouTube, Social Media, etc., NOT Your Friends

August 8, 2012

It happens all the time. Go to YouTube (House of Sunny TV -my current fave) searching for news, music, a rant, political commentary, movie trailer or whatever. The title comes up in the search selections, but the video has been removed. Poof -gone. It was there, you saw it somewhere else, but now it’s too hot to handle, politically toxic for the powers that be or not in Google’s best interest, whatever, but it’s gone.

NOT your friend

And this should give pause (hat-tip ProPublica). The Obama campaign has a new mobile app for canvassers. Plug in an address & a map displays the first name, age & gender of the voters who live there. Helpful to the campaign? Yes, but obviously this app is available to anyone and everyone!

Privacy much? It’s slipping more every day.

Oh don’t you worry, a spokesman for the Obama campaign says “it has built-in mechanisms to detect when people are misusing the data”. Okay, now I feel better.

GOOG’s (NASDAQ stock symbol) tentacles extend farther and deeper than you can imagine. This list of acquisitions by Google is extensive but by no means complete:

  • YouTube (Video sharing) 2006 for $1.65 Billion
  • Motorola Mobility 2011 (Mobile device manufacturer) for $12.5 B
  • Keyhole, Inc (Map analysis) 2004, $$ undisclosed (Google Maps)
  • Dodgeball (Social networking) 2005,$$ undisclosed (Google Latitude)
  • ZipDash (Traffic analysis) 2004, $$ undisclosed (Google Maps)
  • Marratech (Videoconferencing) 2007 for $15 Million (Google Talk)
  • Picassa (image organizer) 2004, $$ undisclosed
  • Android (mobile software) 2005 for $50 Million
  • DoubleClick (Online advertising) 2007 for $3.1 Billion (AdSense)
  • ImageAmerica (Aerial Photography) 2007, $$ undisclosed (Google Maps)
  • FeedBurner (Web feed) 2007 for $100 Million (FeedBruner)
  • GrandCentral (Voice over IP) 2007 for $45Million (Google Voice)
  • eBook Technologies (E-books) 2011 $$ undisclosed (Google Books)
  • Zagat (Restaurant reviews) 2011 for $151 Million (Google Places, Maps)
  • Meebo (Instant Messaging) 2012 for $100 Million (Google+)

Good advise from the old Hill Street Blues Sergeant, “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)


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