To protect my privacy when I surf the Web, I use a proxy server that I set up on a Linux virtual machine which is hosted in the cloud. To the best of my knowledge, the virtual machine is hosted on a physical machine in NYC.
Interestingly, Google is confused by this setup. Here's a screenshot of Google News. Notice that it is placing me in Kendall Lakes (FL?). That's fine. I don't want them to know where I am!
More problematic, however, is that often when I do a Google search, I get this back instead of a results page:
Does this mean that if they cannot track me, they aren't going to let me see the results? I'll never know for sure. That's when I go to Bing. Bing is content to show me results when Google isn't.
The founders of Lavabit and Silent Circle have started a new Kickstarter Project to develop a protocol for default, user-friendly, end-to-end encryption of email. They are calling it Dark Mail, "because Black Mail has bad connotations."
I am supporting this project. I encourage you to as well. Find out more about it here: http://kck.st/HrENd0. The window to sign up closes November 22nd.
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