One might feel mistrusting of a site when http://who.is highlights Registrant Contact: WhoisGuard Protected – this isn’t any different to my whois – check my blog out. People can still see and trust me, but given I’ve been around in the security and privacy field for some years, time has helped people trust me and the advice I provide. Well, I hope so!
To increase your search privacy in DuckDuckGo – these should be set as default
- Click > ‘More’ option (bottom right hand corner)
- Choose > ‘Settings’ then click the ‘Privacy tab’
- Ensure the ‘Redirect’ option is set to ‘On’ *
- You can also Choose ‘Hide query’ from the ‘Address bar’ drop down menu *
*This option prevents websites from seeing where you cam from, and also set HTTP to ‘On’ to always use the encrypted (HTTPS) versions of websites where applicable.
** This stops your search queries appearing in your browser’s address bar.
Worth pointing out, by default, your browser settings are stored in non-personal browser cookies (in your browser). You can use DuckDuckGo Anonymous Cloud Save to store your settings in a more permanent way (on a remote server in the cloud). No personally identifiable information will be stored in the cloud, and your pass phrase will never leave your browser.
Having run this browser I’ve been impressed with the speed at which it queries search results and renders some high traffic websites. I suggest giving DuckDuckGo a go. Let me know what you think.
Safe surfing folks!