Search Engines Ixquick & StartPage Double Up On Security Measures With 2 New Encryption Standards

Online security, privacy On the heels of the US PRISM scandal, private search engines Ixquick and its partner site StartPage are leveraging new encryption methods that offer higher levels of security beyond the standard SSL encryption. With a combined four millions searches daily, Ixquick and StartPage boast they are the first search engines in the world to employ "Perfect Forward Secrecy" (PFS) along with TLS 1.1. and 1.2, creating a more secure network around their search traffic data. "We're setting the standard for encryption in the post-PRISM world," claims StartPage developer and privacy expert Dr. Kather [...]


StartPage, Ixquick Passed 4 Million Daily Searches On Monday

startpage-ixquick-200px StartPage and Ixquick, sister search engines that offer private searching, announced that they surpassed four million daily direct searches on Monday. The announcement comes about three weeks after the parent company announced that they reached three million daily searches for the first time. Ixquick CEO Robert Beens credits the higher search activity to public reaction to the ongoing NSA/PRISM surveillance scandal. People are making major changes in their on-line habits and looking for ways to protect their private information from US government surveillance. Our fans especially apprec [...]


Spurred By PRISM Scandal, StartPage & Ixquick Surpass 3 Million Daily Searches

startpage-ixquick-200px Alternative search engines are having a good week, likely thanks to public awareness and concern over data and privacy issues being raised by the PRISM scandal. StartPage and Ixquick, two small search engines from the same company, announced this week that they surpassed three million daily searches for the first time. More specifically, they hit 3.4 million direct searches on Wednesday (June 12). Ixquick.com is the company's meta search engine that doesn't include Google search results; the company launched StartPage.com in 2009 to provide Google search results with the increased privac [...]


Scroogle’s Gone? Here’s Who Still Offers Private Searching

online-privacy You've probably read the news already that Scroogle is gone forever. It launched back in 2003 and was popular among searchers who wanted to get Google search results in a private setting. Now that it's gone, where can searchers go for a more private search experience than Google and Bing offer by default? Here's a list of a few alternatives. Note that different search engines below make different privacy-related claims; I haven't investigated them in detail -- i.e., by examining cookies, etc. -- so anyone looking for a private search experience should do his/her own research. Private Sea [...]


Ixquick Now Encrypts All Searches

ixquick-logo Likely sensing an opportunity after Google's recent encrypted search announcement, Ixquick -- a tiny and widely unknown search engine -- has announced that it will make SSL encryption the default on all searches. Ixquick says it became the first search engine to offer encrypted search back in 2009. In its announcement, Ixquick notes that the major search engines have recently begun to offer SSL encrypted searching. Other search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing have begun to follow Ixquick's lead by offering SSL encryption. However, the privacy benefits of using SSL with other major se [...]


IxQuick Changes Name To Startpage

IxQuick, which bills itself as "the world's most private search engine," has changed its name to the much-easier-to-remember Startpage. Startpage is a meta search engine that's tried to differentiate itself from the pack by using privacy as a marketing feature. In 2006, shortly before the mistaken release of three months of AOL search data, the service announced that it would purge its users personal data within 48 hours. This past January, IxQuick stopped recording IP addresses completely and began offering secure searching via the https protocol. But judging by the general lack of awa [...]


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