Cyber Security Easy Basic
Most of us do one thing on our tablets, phones and computers that tells so much about us—about what were thinking what were reading, what we want, what we need—and we do it a lot—in fact, I bet you did it to get here—to learn a bit more about your privacy– and that’s SEARCH.
Search Engines are Searching YOU!
Did you know that most search engines like Google, yahoo, Bing collect and store lots of the information you give them, like your name, email address, telephone number, credit card AND what your searching for. They all have published privacy policies that say exactly what they’re collecting and what they use and do with that information. Just search Privacy Policies and you can read them—or find the links after this video on Safertech.com The policies tell you they can share your information with partners, third parties or law enforcement. By the way, the sites you end up clicking on in a search—receive the search terms you’ve used too.
A Search Engine that Doesn’t Track You
Meanwhile if you would like to try a Search engine that makes it a policy NOT to track what your searching for–Check out Duck, Duck Go.
Duck Duck Go does not collect, store or share your information. Their policy is in my references too. They do of course know what searches your making and they save them, just not in a way that’s personally identifiable.
How do they do it without being paid with search advertising? Well, they participate in affiliate programs so they do know if a purchase is being made at places like Amazon and ebay and they receive a commission on those purchases.
Privacy on the Internet is absolutely NOT guaranteed
But, also if you’re concerned about your Search engine OR your Browser collecting information about you, please be aware that everytime you log on, your computer is sending information about itself over the internet and usually that information is saved–Somewhere. It could be saved by the browser you use–like Firefox, Safari or Chrome. And then your information can be saved by the sites you visit–SEE my Cookie video.
It’s important to know. So search, shop, visit etc with that awareness!
Happy surfing, August Brice
Google Search Privacy Detalis - https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/
Yahoo's Privacy Details - https://policies.yahoo.com/us/en/yahoo/privacy/products/search/index.htm
Microsoft's Privacy Details - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement/default.aspx
Duck Duck Go Privacy Details - https://duckduckgo.com/privacy