Searching in Private: Startpage vs VPNs

When it comes to internet privacy, there is one tool which gives many internet users a false sense of security out of the box, and that’s a VPN. I recently wrote about how a VPN can help mask your IP address and don’t get me wrong, I encourage everyone to use a VPN.

However, I often hear people say that don’t need additional privacy services because they use a VPN. This leads people to unwillingly give up a lot of their privacy and they don’t even realize it.

When I visit a non-private search engine, they look for a few things: Your IP address, are you logged into their service, your location, your browser fingerprint (what browser am I using and on what operating system), and any other identifiable information your browser is giving up on you. All of which allows them to continue harvesting my data.

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Dan Arel

Dan Arel is an author, journalist, activist, and privacy expert whose work can be seen on Hackernoon, HuffPost, AlterNet, Salon, Time, The New Arab, and more

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