Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thinking Like Spies

The Snowden case has people thinking like spies — thinking, that is, about keeping their thoughts, actions, and documents from being tracked and analyzed. Real spies might have to travel in a roundabout fashion to avoid being followed, but ordinary people are finding out they can lower their profile considerably at almost no cost.

One measure of this is how many people are using DuckDuckGo, a search engine that promises a higher level of security. As Google, Microsoft, and others have been implicated in turning people’s search terms over to spy agencies, not to mention commercial interests, DuckDuckGo has seen traffic levels jump. DuckDuckGo still keeps a record of searches and analyzes what the public is paying attention to, but it does so without trying to tie searches to people and places.  http://www.computerworld.com.sg/resource/internet/meet-the-search-engine-that-vows-not-to-track-you/