Search Safely with Search Encrypt: The Private Search Engine

Search Encrypt/ June 28, 2018/ Search Engines

If someone were able to see every search you’ve done on the internet, they would know an incredible amount about you. Your searches reveal your interests, thoughts, political beliefs, desires, plans and even information you’d like to keep confidential. Search Encrypt doesn’t collect any of this information!

Big search engines and other websites that track you know enough about you to practically read your mind.

When you use the internet, your browser sends your IP address to the websites you visit. Your IP address may not be specific to you, but it can reveal your ISP (internet service provider), your zip code, your area code, and your approximate location.

An even bigger problem comes up when you sign in to the websites you use. For example signing in to Facebook, Gmail or Amazon lets those companies track your information and create a data profile about you. Not only can these sites see your IP address, but also any other information you’ve willingly shared.

Most websites use some type of tracking or analytics to log the unique pages you visit on their site. Others, like Facebook, collect information about your browsing all over the internet by putting their share and like buttons on other websites. All this information is assembled to create a detailed picture of who you are and what you are interested in. This profile is very specific and contains sensitive information like your health information.

The companies that store this data use it to tailor their products to your interests and preferences. Businesses use this information to show you very specifically targeted ads.

Search Presents Big Privacy Risks

There are tons of threats to your privacy in all corners of the internet. As big search engines and social media sites improve their tracking capabilities those privacy intrusions become more common and routine. Unfortunately people have grown more and more accepting of the idea of companies collecting and storing our data.

Of all the organizations storing your information, big search engines likely know the most. These companies combine everything you’ve searched for with your emails, you location data, and many other data points.

Search Encrypt wants to deliver a positive experience for people looking for information on the internet. We want to end the trend of more and more tracking and instead skip tracking your personally identifiable data completely.

Search Encrypt Solves This Problem

If you care about privacy and you don’t think your search engine needs your data just to show you search results, Search Encrypt solves your problem.

Search Encrypt protects your privacy while searching by intercepting and redirecting your searches to our secure private search engine, all before the other search engines can track your search terms.

What Does “Private Search Engine” Mean?

Your searches are encrypted using secure sockets layer encryption and AES-256 encryption. This prevents anyone else on your network from intercepting and monitoring your searches.

“Fifty supercomputers that could check a billion billion (1018) AES keys per second (if such a device could ever be made) would, in theory, require about 3×1051 years to exhaust the 256-bit key space.”

Source: Brute-force Attack; Wikipedia

In addition to our encryption methods, we also don’t track your personal information. We don’t link your searches to a data profile all about you, like big search engines do. When we deliver your results, we don’t send your information to our search partners.

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How Search Encrypt Protects Your Search Privacy

  1. Search Encrypt intercepts tracked or non-private searches and delivers secure and private search results. Search Encrypt shields your searches by not letting big search engines to process them. We take your search term and deliver the search through our private search engine.
  2. Searching with Search Encrypt keeps big search engines from storing your search terms.
  3. We don’t link your searches to your email or social media accounts. Google is able to create a very complete image of you. It can combine your searches with your Gmail, Google+, etc. We are a search engine first and don’t try to trap you in a data magnet ecosystem.
  4. Search Encrypt does not store your personally identifiable information on its servers. We don’t create any sort of data profile about you or any of our users.
  5. Our encryption prevents third parties from tracking your search terms. Search engines that transmit your search terms in plaintext could willingly or unwillingly share your searches with other groups.
  6. Search Encrypt delivers total encryption and perfect forward secrecy. We encrypt your search term locally and deliver to our servers in encrypted form. When you’re done searching your encryption key expires so that your search terms have essentially disappeared.
  7. Search Encrypt doesn’t request, store or share your personal information with third parties for advertising or other purposes. The ads on our search results pages do not track you or your browsing behavior. Our ads never follow you to other websites you visit.

Why Is Search Encrypt a Browser Extension?

People may wonder why we offer our search engine as a browser extension. We believe that using our extension is the easiest and most convenient way for people to avoid the search engines that track their information and put their privacy at risk.

Rather than having to change settings on your device or browser, just add our extension and your searches will be safe from tracking. With our extension installed, you don’t have to worry about checking if a search engine tracks you. We will redirect tracked or non-private searches to our private search engine.

Another way to protect your searches is to make Search Encrypt your default search engine.

We also plan on improving our search engine and extensions to deliver better results and to add more privacy features.

Let Us Know What You Think!

Search Encrypt is still rapidly growing and we have many exciting new features and products in development. We are always open to hearing your feedback to help improve our private search engine. This includes adding enhanced search capabilities, improving user experience, and fixing bugs.

Thanks for reading. We look forward to hearing from you!