Ixquick now doesn't record user agent string

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  1. luciddream

    luciddream Registered Member

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    People using Ixquick/Startpage have probably noticed this change recently. There's a link on the homepage about it:

    https://www.ixquick.com/eng/press/ixquick-privacy-gets-better.html

    It no longer records browser type & platform information (user agent). I remember a thread about tweaking Firefox (about:config) to make it's privacy as strong as possible without add-ons & other means. And the user agent string was one particularly troublesome item. No more... for Ixquick users.

    An already awesome search engine, and just continues to get better.
     
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  2. moontan

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    Re: Ixquick now foils user agent string

    i wonder if that also applies to its sister page; Startpage...
     
  3. luciddream

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    Re: Ixquick now foils user agent string

    It does indeed
     
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    Re: Ixquick now foils user agent string

    tnx m8!

    that' s very good to know! :thumb:
     
  5. luciddream

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    Re: Ixquick now foils user agent string

    Ixquick doesn't record it anyway when you do searches. But I imagine it couldn't stop the sites you visit themselves from recording it. I re-worded the title of the post to reflect that.
     
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    Re: Ixquick now foils user agent string

    A great search engine gets even better. Duckduckgo is another one, and I cant make up my mind which one to use o_O
     
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    Re: Ixquick now foils user agent string

    Use both, that way you might get different (and thus, more) results ! :)
     
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    Re: Ixquick now foils user agent string

    Their search claims to not be recording the user agent, but it still requires one to be sent. From their search page after a typical search:
    Duckduckgo doesn't require a user agent to be sent.
     
  9. moontan

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    Re: Ixquick now foils user agent string

    they offer a proxy service if you want more privacy, although i never tried it.
    in any search result, you can select "View by Ixquick proxy".

    here:
    https://startpage.com/proxy/eng/help.html
     
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