How Does Search Encrypt Work?
Search Encrypt’s internet Search engine forces an advanced SSL encryption, which means communication between your computer, internet browser and web servers are secure and encrypted. SSL encryption means that your personal data isn’t transmitted over the servers in plain text. We source our search results from Yahoo and Bing. However, unlike using those search engines on their own, Search Encrypt encrypts your search data and your personally identifiable information to protect your privacy.
Search Encrypt Browser Extension
Our browser extension helps maintain your privacy and avoid searches that track you. Whenever you try a search that may track you, we will redirect you to our secure search results. This browser extension is convenient if you have Google or Bing set as your homepage, but still want to protect your search behavior.
Install Search Encrypt Extension
Search Encrypt’s Business Model
Our search tools, both the online search engine and browser extension, are always free to use.
Our business model is similar to most privacy-based search engines. We don’t sell user information to advertisers or any third-parties. We provide value to searchers by delivering quality search results without the tracking. Because we don’t use track or share your data with advertisers, your internet experience will be more user friendly.
Search Encrypt believes that running a great search engine does not have to come at the expense of user privacy. Our goal is to expand privacy across all areas of the web, while improving our search products and data protection measures.
Untraceable Search Terms
Search Encrypt does not track search history in any user identifiable way. The most used search engines on the web track your search terms to target you with ads. These popular search engines also use methods to track your internet browsing after you have left the search engine. Search Encrypt does not track this data in any way that would compromise your privacy.
Perfect Forward Secrecy
Perfect forward secrecy describes a system that can’t be hacked after the communication has ended. Even if a hacker cracked the short term key (or session key), the encrypted data will no longer exist. We apply this feature to our search engine, to protect our users and their information. This feature adds another layer of protection to your search terms. After 15 minutes, your browsing history expires and you can no longer access it.
Private Search Engines
The Value of Private Search Tools
Google sells its search product as providing a “personalized” browsing experience. However, this personal touch means that it serves you ads based on your search and browsing behavior. By using cookies, Google can track you as you browse the internet. It uses this information to create a complex profile that it sells to advertisers. Search Encrypt, on the other hand, implements “privacy by design“. This means we made user privacy a priority from start to finish in the design process.
We’ve discussed the importance of digital privacy before and how you can protect your privacy and personal data. Your search engine is a quick and effective way to protect your information on the internet.
Search Encrypt FAQs
Does Search Encrypt capture or store any personal information? No. Search Encrypt does not capture or store any personally identifiable information. We strongly believe that your searches should be private.
- Does Search Encrypt protect my local history? Search Encrypt utilizes a client side encryption using a short lived key to encrypt your queries before sending them to our servers. The key expires shortly after the final use. Any browser history which contains your search queries will contain them in their encrypted form. These will no longer work once the short lived key expires. This expiration occurs 15 minutes after your final search.
- How is Search Encrypt able to ensure my searches remain private? Search Encrypt makes use of some of the latest security measures such as Perfect Forward Secrecy to ensure your search queries remain private. We also don’t do any user specific tracking. Even server logs are disabled to ensure that any identifiable information your browser may be broadcasting with requests are never read or stored on our servers. On top of all that we utilize an extra layer of query encryption at the client side in order to ensure that your history remains private from other users who may access your computer.
- What encryption methods does Search Encrypt use? Search Encrypt makes all requests over SSL. We utilize the latest encryption technologies, including a feature known as Perfect Forward Secrecy which goes a step further than traditional SSL by using a unique public key for each individual session. This means that each user receives a unique public key which improves security considerably. We also encrypt the local queries using a client side encryption utilizing a short lived key which helps to protect browser history.
Why Use A Private Search Engine like Search Encrypt?
Even if you regularly use private browsing settings, like Chrome’s Incognito Mode or Safari’s Private Browsing Mode, you’re only protecting your search history locally. If you are using a major search engine, it is probably still tracking your behavior. These “private” modes don’t deliver the privacy that users expect, so they are essentially deceiving users.
Private search engines won’t store your information and sell it to third parties. These third parties use your information to target you with ads, and could even use your data against you later on. We protect you from any government or business organization that may attempt to gather information on your internet behavior.
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