Einfach eine gute Suchmaschine. In viele Hinsichte oft besser als die sgn. Standards
The owner of www.ixquick.eu has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website.
"This site uses HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) to specify that Firefox may only connect to it securely. As a result, it is not possible to add an exception for this certificate."
WTF? It's a Firefox add on!
As a citizen of this country, I am both concerned and embarrassed that we have acquiesced to this dangerous and exponential growth in surveillance into the most private areas of our lives. Although this dangerous invasion of privacy started long before 2001, the Bush and Cheny White House used the horror of 911 to pass draconian laws such as the PATRIOT Act, which among other things, all but ended the Fourth Amendment Right of Americans to remain secure from unreasonable searches and seizures of private documents, intimate conversations, and property by the government, absent a duly executed search warrant in which law enforcement swears to the existence of probably cause that the fruits or instrumentality of a crime exists within the premises. Thus, any citizen or foreign national is subject to the the near warrantless search of his or her premises or the wire tapping of all means of private communication. Of course, the breadth of the PATRIOT Act eventually so emboldened the NSA that in collusion with the major cellular and Internet providers, the NSA collected every byte of protected private communication throughout the United States.
However, this seemingly brazen violation of the law by the NSA is not nearly as cut and dry as it might seem. We Americans, who allegedly jealously protect our rights, have repeatedly given them away for nothing more than the convenience of cell phones and each of the “free” applications provided by the phone manufacturers, and the OS developers such as Apple, Android, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and a plethora of lesser players in search of that most valuable commodity, the personal information and consumer habits of Americans and the entirety of humanity. Once collected and integrated with the mass of private information collected from thousands of independent sources, this psychological abstract of personal preferences and choices is sold to hundreds of thousands of retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers across the globe. Thus, if our most private information is now the rightful property of commerce, certainly the laudable protection of the homeland by the NSA and a dozen or more surveillance agencies should have access to these intimate private habits, preferences, communications, browsing habits, and the purchasing of items running the span from technology to medications to our politics, religious beliefs, and, for some, the purchase of illegal substances, or the viewing of forbidden material is within the control of profit driven corporations. This disturbing reality raises the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, but that's beyond the scope of this already too long review of Ixquick, which seems to be a product talking a stand against the potential totalitarianism of an Orwellian Police State and a step towards taking back our privacy rights, because I can guarantee that these spawn of the Orwellian nightmare will not give back what they have already taken absent a massive raising of consciousness and a boycott of their products.
Search is pretty good but video results redirect you to Blinkx.com.
So 4* for search 1* for redirect ( can I give 0* for redirect?)
Caution to Firefox 23.0.1 users..
Once again; an intellectually challenge individual or individuals at Mozilla decided for us.
To eliminate the keyword.url preference in Firefox 23. Causing this add-on to malfunction on my PC.
Your best bet to get it back.. ?
Is the new keyword.URL Hack! extension...
For now... I am sticking to El Zorro (deFuego) version 22.0.
Because I refuse to let these intellectually challenge individuals. Dictate my browser preferences, and I simply refuse to lose any more of my favorite extension.
And yes I got Ixquick working again.!
Before doing anything you need to set this engin's parameters right for you. After that you will find out searching info works really great and it gets better and better when you discover the amount of searching power that can be unleashed when using the advanced search feature. Et voila: a full-blown search engin that doesn't build a profile around your every step! Ixquick brings back a little bit of the fun the internet used to give us.
when i try to add this i get the message:
Sorry, you need a Mozilla-based browser (such as Firefox) to install a search plugin
been using ixquick for some time but today got security sw error messages saying ixquick cert is not valid. anyone else see this?
Add-on works excellent, Ixquick's privacy works excellent too, what I don't like are the results of Ixquick search. Terms I was looking for very frequently absent in the found pages, phrases ignored, excluded terms appear as mandatory - quite a waste of time trying to find something. Last years this seems to be common for many search engines.
What helps without solving a problem: using advanced search. It looks like simple search uses "any of the terms" option, no matter are you using "+" or "AND".
For some reason, Ixquick displays above results something like "you used exclusion operator " - ", to see results without it, click here" - annoying, as if you don't know that you tried to do more specific search and were offered the unfiltered bulk instead.
Many results are obsolete (no search for the past year), so if your search is time sensitive, use Google-like StartPage, the sister search engine of Ixquick, which does privacy searches too.
Despite all of this, Ixquick and StartPage are my search engines of choice for years: comparable search results with others search engines plus increased privacy.
This makes you feel slighty more safe and secure. Good tool.
Excellent results, very private.
The most powerfull and secured search engine !
I put this one in my "Apollo!" Pack" for a big reason! The fact is companies like Google cannot be trusted and they keep too much of your information on file. Companies such as them will keep it for 6+ months and it all can be given to marketers, big brother, divorce attornies... Yuck!! I have to say I read a number of the other reviews and I wont repeat what others said very well earlier. I also would rather trade a few ads- and since when has stinky old Google been ad-free??- for the privacy. Lastly, I want to respond to Bamail. I hear what you are saying but Ixquick isn't really what failed you. Although private mode is good- it by no means is complete security. I am not just saying it to promote my collection but mine has a COMPLETE security package with detailed instructions. To get the job done you need to take care of a bunch of things such as scripts, cross-site requests, cookies, IP, redirects, proxies... If you do ALL of those things and configure them properly then you get to the promised land. No single one will do it all.
Gute Suchmaschine, bringt übersichtliche Ergebnisse
The most powerfull and secured search engine !
I use IXQuick for any searches that I deem too 'private' to have Google know about. Political issues or anything relating to medical problems, for example.
IXQuick does not even record your I.P address and they offer a HTTPS connection for both image and text search.
I have no problems with advertisements, I don't see any. Might be because I block those kind of things with a modified HOST file.
I have just recently changed over to ixquick https from scroogle.I have found it simple and easy to use.I have read the other reviews.Adds?What adds?I use Firefox w/Adblocker plus,I no see no stinkin adds.It's just like looking at Scroogle.I like It.
Excellent review Demonio !!!!
Started using Scroogle for privacy and still use it as my second choice for a search engine.
Have been using Ixquick HTTPS as my primary for about 6 months with NO issues or complaints. Fast, accurate & not flooded with ads like Google. Yeah, a few ads on the page but hey everybody has to pay the bills !!
Simply put : Get it..... Use it. You won't regret the switch.
After Google moved to eliminate scroogle.org (the dedicated Google search proxy) yesterday, it is truly Ixquick's time to step up to the plate, in providing search results that respect users' privacy. Of course, Ixquick has been at it for some time, but the privacy issues, and the need for more search engines like Ixquick, are only now being properly highlighted in the media, while the behavior of Google and the other internet giants just gets worse and worse, as they manhandle their users' most intimate information.
Use this add-on and strike a blow for internet users' rights.
It is good to find this Ixquick, since scroogle died today :(
Damn, I read Demonio89's take of privacy and information and it stopped me cold. It is a well thought out piece of writing. May I borrow it and send it, with your contact info to a privacy "expert," I met?
There is a growing shift in the definition of personal privacy. The original conception is that you have complete control over who has access to your information. The redefined version that lawmakers are foisting upon people is that governments and corporations should have control over your private information, but only the "right" people will be allowed to access it. It is proposed that this process is inevitable, and that instead of trusting ourselves with who should have access to our information, we should just give up our control and retreat to transparency. But who decides what the "right" people are? And who keeps an eye on them?
Transparency is increasingly substituted for trust, like margarine for butter. It may inspire similar feelings of confidence, but one cannot take the place of the other. In some situations, transparency is substituted because there is very low trustworthiness, and in other situations, it is used to shift the balance of power over information. Transparency and trust, while independent variables, are often conflated to result in similar feelings of confidence.
The battle between privacy and transparency increasingly rears its head due to technological advancement. In many seemingly civilized societies, the claim that you must give up privacy to gain security is often proposed when the safety of the society is threatened. Although this is a fallacy, it is used to take control over private information and purports to judiciously moderate itself through some level of transparency. It might be better said that you can trust an untrustworthy organization to act in an untrustworthy manner.
Privacy and anonymity are freedom-enhancing qualities; they are a strong safeguard against the footholds of totalitarianism, tyranny, oppression, and corruption and must be protected as essential rights. Those who wish to strip the bulwark protections of a free society should be viewed with the greatest suspicion, as you can't protect the freedom of a society by destroying it.
Anyways, it's about time we have a quality search engine that actually believes in protecting our ever eroding privacy rights.
Did you know that AOL and Google know and keep records of everything you search for online.
And yes, Ixquick has ads, but so does AOL, Google, and Yahoo, and many other search engines out there, and so what, they have bills to pay, just like everyone else.
Running a search engine costs money and it is not cheap.
I recommend using the HTTPS version, which means the web pages are encrypted before being transmitted over the Internet.
Ixquick uses AES-256 bit high grade encryption, which is very impressive indeed!
It is the equivalent of sealing an envelope that contains a letter before mailing it, as opposed to just mailing a postcard that anyone can read.
Ixquick, you are doing an awesome job!
Thank you and keep up the good work!
Very good review by rwizard.
I wanted to add my 5 stars for this addon and I wonder how come so many firefox users look for internet privacy yet so few downloads and reviews for this addon.
Of course you can't be sure that this engine does what it claims but I searched around and it seems to be true.
I am in the early stages of using ixquick, but wanted to make some observations. First, if you are using this, I'd assume you believe in privacy. If so, I would suggest that you select the https version, not the http.
Ads, yes, their SITE has ads. So does Google. If you do a little reading on ixquick you will discover that while Google is busy compiling massive databases about your search activities and tying them back to you, ixquick does not. This means that Google makes a lot of money selling you to others, while ixquick gets all of its income from you clicking on ads.
Which do you prefer - being Google's chattle, or wading through a few more ads?
After all, we all have bills to pay - I'd even suggest clicking on the occasional ad to keep these folks in business.
As for search results, ixquick is a meta-engine. This means that it searches other search engines. Notably missing from the list is Google. The biggest name present is Yahoo. I'd love to see them have Google in the mix, but I assume that for some reason or another, they felt that wasn't an option. I've done some test searches for pretty off the wall stuff, and the results seem satisfactory. You always have the option to search with another engine if you don't find what you need, or, if you prefer, to use ixquick just for your more nefarious or embarrassing searches.
Overall, I would encourage everyone to use ixquick. While I am not a Google hater, I do think we need to support alternatives so that we don't end up with only one search engine in the world, with our every Internet activity being tracked on it. Try it. It may actually be fun to search wthout the Google-Monster peering over your shoulder !