Search Engine Now Offers Anonymous Web Browsing
Startpage, the world’s most private search engine, and its E.U. brand, Ixquick, today announced the release of a new proxy service that allows users to surf the web with complete privacy. The proxy lets users browse websites safely and anonymously, without passing on any private, personally identifiable information to the websites they view.
The Startpage proxy is a free service that works in conjunction with the Startpage search engine, available at www.startpage.com. When users perform a search, they will find a clickable "proxy" option below each search result. When this option is selected, Startpage acts as an intermediary to retrieve the page and display it in a privacy-protected Startpage window.
The proxy offers complete anonymity, since the user never makes direct contact with the third-party website. The user’s IP address is invisible to the viewed website. In addition, the website cannot see or place cookies on the user’s browser.
The proxy service is being launched today, January 28th, to celebrate International Data Privacy Day.
"People are more concerned about online data retention policies than ever before," said CEO Robert Beens. "We wanted to offer them a useful tool and this proxy is a logical extension of our services,
A search engine is a starting point for people to visit other pages. Now our users can take the privacy they get with Startpage to the next step, and go privately to the sites they have found as well.
This proxy completes the total search privacy picture."
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