Infrasonic wrote:Redmires wrote:
As the extensive comments on both of the links show, it's a minefield out there and a constantly changing situation. Startpage has been relisted by another site (but some say that they were paid to relist it)
Maybe f*ckoffgoogle.net is the way forward
With the right browser extensions/no logs VPN/no logs encrypted non ISP DNS etc. then you can get rid of many of the tracking issues.
Some essential services won't work if you block too much, so it all needs to be set up in a way where you can have allow/block as an A/B.
Different browsers is the easiest way, one set up for logged in services (banking, utilities etc.) with the maximum blocking you can get away but still keep functionality ( on a per site basis if needs be). Don't use that browser for anything else.
And then a block everything browser for general surfing and search that auto deletes all cookies/history et al on exit. I use Firefox for this on desktop and mobile.
Pretty much what I do. I use 2 browsers, one for banking etc and the other for more general browsing. On my general browser I use cookie jars so each sites cookies are kept seperate and I also use multi profiles on the browser. I like Privacy Badger. It learns what's tracking you and if you have Do Not Track set it will block them if they do! It's from the EFF https://www.eff.org/. I also flush all caches as the browser closes and start fresh each day. Of course, I also use a VPN. I just dislike the way Goolge has instered it's self all over the web. It's not just searches. It's trying to be everywhere.
If you are serious about not being tracked then you have to make an effort. And compromise. I will use Google for searches, I prefer Startpage & DDG, but I also find I mainly only use a handful of sites on a regualr basis, so the cookie jars and profiles make sense for me.
There's so many low cost single board computers out there, so if you really cherish privacy it's easy to have one set up just for seaching/research etc and using a different browser, user agent and IP. I find it's useful having a small machine for regular low level tasks like RSS, podcatching and RNS(!) with out choking up my aging/busy laptop. For under £50 it's a decent alternative to an upgrade and spending more money!