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SearchSafe automatically detects when you are about to perform a potentially unsafe or non-private search and automatically redirects your query to SearchSafe's privacy-safe results page.
1. SearchSafe intercepts privacy-unsafe searches and delivers privacy-friendly results.
Most search engines track your searches and store your search history in a way that can be connected with your name and other personal data. SearchSafe acts as a shield between you and companies who intend to track you. The SearchSafe extension detects when your search queries or keystrokes are headed towards a search engine that will track you, then intercepts and redirects your query to SearchSafe's privacy-enhanced search results page before you are tracked.
2. SearchSafe prevents keystroke logging by popular search engines.
When you search the web without the SearchSafe extension, your keystrokes are sent to the search engine you are using in order to provide search suggestions. While this can be a convenient feature, your keystrokes are logged and can be connected to you. SearchSafe prevents your keystrokes from being sent to the search engines where they would be logged.
3. Using SearchSafe disassociates your searches from your online accounts.
The most popular search engines offer other services which often collect sensitive personal information such as email (Gmail, Outlook Webmail, and Yahoo! Mail) and social web services (Google+ and YouTube). When you search the web and remain logged into these accounts, your search queries can be connected to your profile.
SearchSafe completely disconnects your searches from being tied to your email accounts and social profiles.
4. SearchSafe does not retain server logs.
Most websites have server logging enabled by default. This means that in addition to being tracked by any tracking tools the website may be using (such as Google Analytics), your visit is recorded together with the date and time, your IP address and other information about your computer and web browser. This information could potentially be used to identify you.
SearchSafe does not use any tracking tools which compromise your privacy and we have completely disabled logging from our servers so that your visits are not recorded.
5. SearchSafe prevents your ISP from tracking your search terms.
Some search engines do not encrypt your queries, which means your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can intercept and access them and connect them to your web and/or cable account. When you add SearchSafe to your browser, your search queries are encrypted so that your ISP cannot read them.
6. SearchSafe encrypts your queries with SSL and perfect forward secrecy.
When you search with SearchSafe, your query is encrypted with an SSL implementation that maintains an A rating with Qualys SSL labs. We have gone a step further and implemented perfect forward secrecy (PFS) which makes it even harder to decrypt.
7. SearchSafe does not request, log or share your personal information.
SearchSafe doesn't collect or maintain any personal information. Our agreements with our advertising partner also have specific provisions that prevent sharing of personal data with them.