HideMySearches is a search tool that helps keep your search terms private. Rather than tracking and collecting information about what you’ve searched for in the past, HideMySearches doesn’t link your searches to any of your personally identifiable information.
With HideMySearches, any search you perform will “expire” so that even if someone has access to your computer, they won’t be able to see your search terms in your browsing history. As this article explains, DuckDuckGo doesn’t offer this level of perfect forward secrecy. HideMySearches keeps your search terms encrypted while still providing a user-friendly search experience.
How HideMySearches Works
HideMySearches works like any other search engine. All you have to do to search privately is enter your search term in the search bar and press enter. We then encrypt your search term locally and send it to our servers. Then we securely send your results back to you. All of this happens in an instant.
Our search engine is focused on privacy and security, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice speed or usability. If you aren’t able to find the results you’re looking for on our search engine, we include “Retry Search” buttons that allow you to try your search on Google, Yahoo, or Bing.
How To Install HideMySearches’ Chrome Extension
- Go to the HideMySearches extension in the Chrome Web Store (Click Here to Go to Our Extension).
- Click the blue “Add to Chrome” button.
- Next, click “Add extension” when prompted.
- Now you should have our extension installed and your searches will be protected.
How to Hide Your Browsing History from Your ISP
The company that you pay for internet service (your ISP), has the ability to track any website you visit and any of your behavior on those sites. Unfortunately, these companies then have the right to sell our data to third parties for marketing.
1. Use Encrypted Versions of Websites
When you’re browsing you should try to always use the encrypted (HTTPS) version of the site. Most major sites now support HTTPS, but they don’t always use the secure version by default.
When you use encrypted websites, anyone monitoring your network behavior can’t see what you type into the website or the specific browsing you do on a website.
Use HTTPS Everywhere, which is a browser extension that forces websites to load their secure versions.
2. Use Tor
Tor is short for The Onion Router. It essentially protects your browsing by sending your network connection through a series of onion-like layers. It bounces your network connection through a series of volunteer-run and anonymized servers.
3. Use a VPN
Virtual private networks, or VPNs, are another way to keep your browsing more private. These tools redirect your browsing through a “virtual” network so that your browsing appears to come from somewhere else besides your local IP address.