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Get Lost In The Crowd On Search Engines

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posted on Aug, 21 2006 @ 02:11 PM
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I came across an interesting web site that does random searches on your behalf in a way that confuses the people at Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc....
And they don't know what searches are yours, or are what is randomly generated by them.

www.lostinthecrowd.org...

This is from their FAQ.......

How many searches will you run on my behalf?

We limit the number of searches run for you to a small number per day. We don't think it will take much to throw off simple search analysis. Moreover, the last thing we want to do is overwhelm the search engines. If you don't click on the bookmark to check your status at least once every 6 months, we'll automatically stop issuing searches on your behalf.



Can't the search engines recognize the searches are coming from you?

Maybe, but we've done a lot to make it challenging, including bouncing the queries through a bunch of different IP addresses and making sure they appear just as they would if you were actually visiting the search engine's site.



I'd be interested in the opinion's of other members.
I use Google over 100 times a day sometimes, will their few searches have any effect on the profile that Google keeps on me ?

I signed on last night and they've done 5 searches on my behalf.


EDIT: sp


[edit on 21/8/2006 by anxietydisorder]




posted on Aug, 22 2006 @ 06:00 PM
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I don't understand it.

What's the point?



posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 07:41 AM
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Originally posted by ArMaP
I don't understand it.

What's the point?


The about page on the site explains it fairly well:



Lost in the Crowd is a free service to help you search the web more anonymously. As you probably know, when you use a search engine what you search for is associated with a unique identifying "cookie" stored in your browser. Because what you search for tells a lot about who you are, this creates a number of privacy concerns. These concerns were directly illustrated by the recent release of user search data by AOL.


(The site uses a wierd kind of frame/_javascript combination, so linking to the particular page would be useless.)



posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 05:48 PM
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I think I understand it now.

But if the search engine wants to know what I have searched they still know it, they may not tell my real searches from the fakes made by this service, but I still have the cookie in my computer with the capability of tracing my searches.

I think that the best way is simply disable cookies for the search engine.



posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 05:56 PM
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Yeah, because I'm really concerned about people knowing I just bought the stargate sg-1 season 6 dvd boxset or I searched for a FAQ on the Elder Scrolls: Oblivion for the 360.

How could such sensitive information fall into theyre hands!? so evil!



posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 07:03 PM
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They only do a couple searches a day.
I use Google a lot, so the few seaches that they do each day would hardly change any profile that Google put together about me. "Lostinthecrowd" would need to do hundreds of searches every day to mask my surfing habits.

I guess it's the thought that counts.

It's just that after the AOL debacle with releasing search info, every little bit helps. The breach in AOL data let newspapers and netizens track down individual users just from their search history.

Sure, some people just don't care how much people know about them on the net, they probably don't have much to lose at this point in their lives.









But that attitude could come back and bite you in the






You just don't know what the future will bring, and some people are already regretting things they put on-line as a student, and now they're looking for work and the new boss Googles their blog or MySpace.

We have members on these boards that are very open about who they are in the physical world, but the opposite is true of others.

This is just one more tool for the paranoid among us.



posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 09:24 PM
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I'd rather them know my honest lifestyle habits then find out I'm being investigated because a random search generator decided to put the words "Donkey" "Snuf" "Kiddie Porn" and "Michael Jackson" all together in my search bar.



posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 10:47 PM
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I'm not computer literate. help me out here a bit, please: Is there a way I can look at my own cookies

(I can't believe I just typed that question . . . !)

I want to look at where we've been in the last 6 mo, and see what they'd figure out about Strangecraft Manor . . .



posted on Aug, 25 2006 @ 04:44 AM
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Originally posted by dr_strangecraft

I'm not computer literate. help me out here a bit, please: Is there a way I can look at my own cookies


Yes, but what browser do you use, each browser has its way of doing things.



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