Freedom's Phoenix – "Uncovering the Secrets and Exposing the Lies"

REAL TIME SPOT PRICES

Bitcoin Average: $6240.71 Gold: $1491.61 Change: $(1.05) Silver: $17.55 Change: $(0.02)
 

Freedom's Phoenix
Newspaper

 
 
Contribute BCH to
Freedom's Phoenix



Contribute Funding by
PayPal or Credit Card

 
Sign-up for FREE
Daily Newsletter
Log-In

See Complete Menu

Special Editions
Translate Page
RSS Feeds
 


Declare Your
Independence

with Ernest Hancock

 
Log-In
Front Page
Page Two
 
 

Freedom's Phoenix
Online Magazine

 
Freedom Forum
Letters to the Editor
Report The News
 

Anarchives:

 

 

Search by Keyword

    Contents by Subject
    Radio/TV Shows
    Feature Articles
    Opinion Columns
    News Stories
    Newsletters List
    Reference Links
 
 

MemberSubscribe
 
https://zomiaofflinegames.com/
 
OpenBazaar Hosting by Agorist Hosting
 
http://www.thelibertyadvisor.com/declare

FREEDOM'S PHOENIX ONLINE MAGAZINE

Sign up to receive the Freedom's Phoenix Headlines by Email.

HELP FUND FREEDOM'S PHOENIX!
Make a one-time or periodic contribution.
Use your credit card or PayPal account.

Join us on our
Social Networks

Share this page with your friends
on your favorite social network:

   

Want to Give Internet Snoops the Slip?

Want to Give Internet Snoops the Slip?

By: Liz Mcintyre

Want to Give Internet Snoops the Slip?

Join the movement to privacy friendly services, like StartPage.com and Ixquick.com

By Liz McIntyre

Fed up with nosy, big-name Internet services that spy on you and share information with the government? You're not alone. In fact, there's a quiet rebellion underway against companies that snoop on their users, thanks to Edward Snowden.

This is a little known side to the Snowden leaks. While major news outlets focus on government hearings and lawsuits over the legal technicalities of siphoning our personal information, everyday consumers are taking matters into their own hands.

One big step they're taking is switching to more privacy-friendly Internet services. Private search engines StartPage.com and Ixquick.com have experienced this move firsthand.

"Consumers are upset that popular search engines spy on them in order to create personal profiles and serve up targeted advertising," said privacy expert and StartPage spokesperson Dr. Katherine Albrecht. On top of that, she added, "Consumers are rightfully outraged that governments are eavesdropping on those services and commandeering access to those databases."

Albrecht shares a graph that shows how Snowden's leaks have had a clear impact on where people choose to do their Internet searching.

As you can see from the graph, these search engines experienced a noticeable surge in traffic in June 2013 (H) when Edward Snowden began leaking details of government Internet snooping programs, like PRISM. What's more striking is the sustained growth that suggests a movement, not just a one-time, knee-jerk reaction. (Graph courtesy of StartPage.com and Ixquick.com)

"Every time Edward Snowden shares a new revelation about government spying, we get an influx of new users," said Albrecht. "He has promised to reveal more in 2014, and from what we've heard, he's got two more years of content, at least."

With that in mind, Startpage.com and Ixquick.com are bracing for continued record growth. In 2013 these search engines saw their traffic numbers double to over 1.25 billion searches for the year. Currently, the company reports more than 5 million searches per day, making them the largest combined anonymous search engines.

Albrecht points out that StartPage and Ixquick are different from other private search engine options because they are based in Europe, where consumer privacy is better protected by law. What's more, US data collection programs like the Patriot Act do not directly apply to them since they are offshore, and Albrecht says they have never cooperated with spying programs like PRISM.

Even if a government agency were to come knocking, there's nothing for anyone to get. The companies cannot turn over data since they don't collect any to begin with.

"Our privacy policy is very simple," Albrecht noted. "We don't collect any information"Nada. Zilch. Zero. No IP addresses are recorded, and no tracking cookies are used. Period."

The company's privacy promises are audited and certified by an independent organization, Europrise, which makes its services very attractive to consumers seeking safer alternatives.

Both StartPage.com and Ixquick.com serve up search results in total privacy using the latest SSL and TSL encryption. (Qualsys SSL Labs has given the search engines A+ ratings.) StartPage returns Google results, and Ixquick returns equally private metasearch results from popular search engines (excluding Google). Users have the option to remain completely anonymous by visiting results links via a free proxy.

In fact all StartPage and Ixquick services are completely free to users.

Because of demand for private Internet services, StartPage and Ixquick executives launched a new privacy-friendly email company last summer: StartMail.com. While they expected a good response, they were shocked when over 50,000 people signed up to beta test the new service.

"We thought we'd get interest from a few thousand people, but the response was so overwhelming, we were forced to close the beta signup early," said Albrecht.

StartMail is still in beta, but the company plans to roll out paid accounts by invitation later this year. Those interested can register to receive an invitation at www.beta.startmail.com.

Here is a video preview of the service:

The so called "Snowden Effect" backlash against government surveillance of everyday citizens is clearly becoming more than just the airing of Washington's dirty spy program laundry. Based on the numbers, it seems consumers are taking action by seeking out practical alternatives that help preserve their freedom, liberty, and privacy--and the free marketplace is delivering.

___________________________________________________________________________

Liz McIntyre is a consumer privacy expert, and with Katherine Albrecht co-authored the book Spychips: How major corporations and government plan to track your every purchase and watch your every move. She has been working with Albrecht to promote privacy-friendly Internet alternatives, including StartPage.com, Ixquick.com, and StartMail.com.



 
Additional related items you might find interesting:
News Link  •  Internet
SpaceX is approved to build 1 MILLION 'user terminals' that will connect people to...
03-25-2020  •  https://www.dailymail.co, By JAMES PERO 
News Link  •  Internet
No Cell Signal, No Wi-Fi, No Problem. Growing Up Inside America's 'Quiet Zone'
03-06-2020  •  https://dnyuz.com,  
News Link  •  Internet
UK Google Data Transfer To US Is Just The Start: "Possibilities For Abuse Are Enormous"
02-28-2020  •  https://www.zerohedge.com, Via TruePublica.org 
       
 
  Magazine / Newspaper
   Magazine Subscription Info
   Online Magazine List
   Newspaper Subscription Info
   Newspaper Issue List
 
RSS Feeds
   Articles RSS Feed
   Opinions RSS Feed
   Media RSS Feed
   Newsletter RSS Feed
   Smartphone Feed
   Podcast Feed
Radio / TV
   Declare Your Independence
      with Ernest Hancock

Anarchives
   Search by Keyword
   Contents Listed by Subject
   Radio / TV Show Archives
   Newsletter Archives
   News Links
   Feature Articles
   Opinion Columns
   Reference Links

 
Letters to the Editor
   List of Letters
   Write a Letter

 
Join Us
   Subscribe to Magazine
   Membership Sign-Up
   Be a Writer
   Be a Reporter
   Link to Us

 
Marketplace
   Buy Stuff – Sell Stuff

   Store on CafePress.com
More News
   Page Two
   Current News
 
Discussions
   Freedom Forum
 
Advertise
   Intro to Advertising with Us
   Magazine Advertising Rates
   Radio Advertising Rates
   Website Advertising Rates
 
Funding Center
   Support or Promote a Project
About Freedom's Phoenix
   About Us
   Contact Us
   Terms of Use
   Privacy Policy
   Writers List

 
Tutorials – Using This Site
   List of Tutorials
 
Media Resources
   News References
   Blog References
   Government References
 
  FreedomsPhoenix.com
The domain and name of this website are servicemarks of Ernest Hancock.
Website is Copyright © 2020 by Ernest Hancock.  All rights reserved worldwide.
4886 W Port Au Prince Ln, Glendale, AZ 85306 USA.
Website Designed by
USA Web
Advertising

Phoenix, Arizona
 
Time to display page: 21.036 Seconds -- Dynamic Page

Page Views:

free web stats

Stats by StatCounter