Just wanted to write up this little guide on the usage of search engines with Brave, Firefox or whatever, hopefully, hardened versions of either because they are the best at the moment for privacy/security. There’s also Tor but that’s another story for another time. I’m noticing people switching to Brave because of their concern for privacy, but it does you no good if you’re still using Google as your search engine, which I see lots of.
The standard search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.) track and record everything you search for. Your typical search engine records the following information any time you use it:
Your IP address
Unique identifier (stored in browser cookies)
Using a search engine can disclose highly personal information about you, depending on what you are searching for. The information collected can then be used to hit you with targeted ads or sold to third parties. The major issue is that there is no real way to “opt out” of this information being collected.
When you change your search engine it’s best to be logged out of your accounts if you are using services from Google, Yahoo, etc. to make it more difficult for them to track you.
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