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ixquick EU?
« on: April 04, 2018, 07:08:13 am »
Hello Peppermint,

This question goes out to my friends in Euroope.  Does www.ixquick.eu still link you guys to Ixquick search instead of Startpage?  A week ago I could get Ixquick instead of Startpage.  Now, at least for me here in the U.S., the ixquick.eu link above defaults to Startpage. >:(

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Startpage gives results from Google search.  Ixquick gives results from Yandex and Gigablast search --not Google. ;)


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Re: ixquick EU?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2018, 07:15:46 am »
Your ".eu" link takes me straight to a standard "Startpage" search page.

Where
https://www.ixquick.com/
takes me to a "Startpage by ixquick" search page .. though I have no doubt there's no difference besides the text.

So if I had to guess I'd say it looks like they've combined them and are in the middle of dropping the ixquick branding.
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Re: ixquick EU?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2018, 07:38:21 am »
Same here, perk.  ;)
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Re: ixquick EU?
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2018, 08:29:53 am »
Thanks for checking, guys.  I really liked Ixquick.  I was nice having a search engine that brought up results other than Google's.

So now where do we go now for this, SearX or Swisscows?

Again, thanks.

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Re: ixquick EU?
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Re: ixquick EU?
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2018, 08:46:25 am »
Thanks, pin.  I've looked at Qwant, but, if I remember correctly, France's data retention laws made me give Qwant second thoughts. :-\ 
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Re: ixquick EU?
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2018, 09:07:23 am »
 :-\ Hmm, I understand you... Not an easy task  :-\
SearX is open source and it's on github,... it requires javascript to be integrated with firefox
Swisscows is owned by hulbee
Qwart... never thought about the french laws

Currently I'm using Duck duck go but, is it any better than the above??

Privacy on internet?! I don't think this is possible anymore  :'(

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Re: ixquick EU?
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2018, 09:42:51 am »
If you have a lot of time on your hands you can use TOR but it is excruciatingly slow.  Otherwise you need a good VPN.  While that won't make it private, per sey, it will make it harder to trace anything back to the source.  But as pin says, internet privacy is pretty much a pipe dream (pardon the pun).  Good luck to you, perk.

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Re: ixquick EU?
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2018, 12:54:22 pm »
But as pin says, internet privacy is pretty much a pipe dream (pardon the pun).

Thanks, mac.  I think so too. 

Speaking only for myself, what I hate losing here is a privacy-conscious search engine -- and particularly one that was NOT using Google.  I admit Google search is extraordinary (as is Google itself), but I don't always want the info I search for funneled though one pipe you might say.  Also, when I search, I want to explore freely without a sense that every query I make warrants an investigation, tracking, or an overseer. 

Ixquick.eu was an excellent search engine from the Netherlands operating under Dutch privacy laws.  I hate to see it go.  I may write the webmaster there in order to express my concerns.
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Re: ixquick EU?
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2018, 01:27:51 pm »
I share some of your concerns, perk, but using some of the email tools we discussed a while back and staying behind a VPN and being careful where I go seems to serve me pretty well.  I don't do anything online that's illegal (that I know of) and I don't do anything that I really care if anybody else knows.  Only thing is, like you, I don't want anybody looking over my shoulder.  It's none of their business.

The thing that gets me is that even if you secure your network to the hilt, all it takes is one place you go that isn't secure and you can be an open book.  If you're going to have a life online just secure it as best you can and don't worry about it.  There's nothing most of us can do beyond that, anyway.  The only other alternative is to pull the plug.  We don't want to do that....at least not yet. 

Hope you and your family are doing well.

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Re: ixquick EU?
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2018, 07:28:35 am »
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Re: ixquick EU?
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2018, 10:08:14 am »
So defeatism is the answer ?

Surely we should at least 'try' to change this situation, even if only by letting it be known we value our privacy and are are unhappy with the current attack on it .. one thing's for sure, if we just accept it, it won't change itself :)

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Re: ixquick EU?
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2018, 10:33:11 am »
I hear you, PoorGuy.  But, on the other hand, different countries do have have different privacy laws, and some of these countries, dare I say, have better privacy laws than the the privacy laws within the U.S. or the U.K.  But, another thing about Ixquick.eu that made it so interesting was that it wasn't using Google for its search results.  If my memory is correct, ixquick.eu was using Yandex's and Gigablast's seach results -- but without having Yandex or Gigablast themselves tracking you.

What's interesting about using a search engine different than Google is that the search results you get are often markedly different from those of Google.  We may have a dozen or so search engines to choose from, but if your searches all being piped through Google, what are we really getting other than Google's search results?  As much as like what Google has to offer, I don't want Google to be the only gatekeeper of information.

Still, PoorGuy, I get what you're saying, our data is being mined one way or another.  There's no question about that.  But, I also agree with PCNetSpec; we need to "try to change this situation" if we can. ;)
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