This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

How To Video: Anonymize your Google searches

About Video Transcript

How To Video: Anonymize your Google searches

1:46 /

If you think Google knows too much about you, here's how to stop it.

Google is huge, and collects a lot of information about you. They'll show you what they know...but it's kinda frightening. If that frightens you, here are a couple tools you can use to keep its prying nose out of your business, while still availing yourself of its services. The easiest way is to use the Firefox plug-in GoogleSharing. It automatically redirects all Google searches through a proxy that mixes the cookies and IP addresses with other people also using the plug-in. That way, Google gets data but it's randomized with other people. A nifty little bit of obfuscation. The nice thing is that you just use Google the way you normally would. You don't have to think about it. But more important to you tin-foil hat types, You can compile and run your own proxy, so if you don't trust the Google Sharing default proxy, roll your own. Another nice thing about GoogleSharing is that it encrypts your request between your computer and the proxy. Of course, this doesn't work on services you log into like Google Docs and Gmail. Because you already told them who you were when you logged in. But if you want that last sheen of privacy between you and Google, now you have a couple of options. I'm Tom Merritt, CNET.com.

New releases

Most anticipated games for Holiday...
3:03 October 31, 2014
The most sought after new titles that gamers want for the holidays.
Play video
RHA T10i: Stainless steel headphones...
2:04 October 31, 2014
The $200 RHA T10i is a great sounding in-ear headphone that's well-built and has some nice extras, including...
Play video
The XYZPrinting da Vinci 1.0 AiO...
3:00 October 31, 2014
CNET editor Dong Ngo demonstrates how well the XYZPrinting da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D printer can replicate a 3D...
Play video
Verizon-exclusive Sony Experia...
2:35 October 31, 2014
If you've been craving Sony's Xperia Z3, this sleek alternative comes close but is a little different: it...
Play video
Amazon Fire Phone burns on
2:54 October 31, 2014
Amazon hasn't given up on the Fire Phone, Facebook makes it easy to mask your identity with Tor, and the Starbucks...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,574: Halloween episode,...
26:08 October 31, 2014
It's an ultra-creepy episode of The 404 today -- way creepier than normal. Will Seth Rogen play Steve Wozniak?...
Play video
Skylink's boring security system...
2:37 October 31, 2014
This low-cost, DIY smart setup offers basic security without monthly fees
Play video
Everything you need to know about...
2:05 October 31, 2014
Google's Android Wear software is cropping up on a host of smartwatches. But what exactly is Android Wear...
Play video