June 27, 2022

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Who’s tracking you? This search engine keeps searches private

“Big Brother is watching you.”

The admonition comes from George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” a novel about an ever-present government controlling and suppressing its people.

The book was published in mid 1949 – and 1984 was looking 35 years into the future. This coming June will put 37 years between our time and real-time 1984.

And guess who’s watching?

Your web browser and search engine. From the moment the first search is made, your web browser knows your location. It knows what web sites you’re visiting. It knows if you are using a desktop computer, laptop or mobile phone.

It doesn’t stop there. It knows what browser you’re using (Chrome, Safari, or Edge, for instance), what type of computer you have, and what its processing capabilities are.