Wpf Updates Guidelines To Protect The Privacy Of Search Engine Users

An AOL employee posted the search information of more than 650,000 search engine users online. Despite company efforts to correct this situation, the information is still circulating through the Internet. Search engine users and privacy advocates want to keep this from happening again and have put into practice a two-fold strategy to solve this challenge. They are asking search engines to facilitate the elimination of personal data from their files, as well as promoting guidelines to enable search engine users to protect their privacy. The World Privacy Forum guidelines establish the following: Do not search for your name and identity card number at the same time. Do not search for a password and if you have already done so, change it. Search engines retain the information and someone having access to the data may use it mischievously. Use proxies or services to shield your computer address from a search engine and occasionally change your address and search location. Regularly delete cookies or files that track your preferences from your system and reset your computer browser. Furthermore, the WPF advises, use different search engines to exchange e-mail, read news, search for information and purchase goods to avoid the correlation of personal information. And never search for embarrassing terms.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How do you protect the privacy of search engine users?
What should users avoid looking for at a search engine to protect their privacy?
Which tools may users use to detach computer addresses from sensitive search terms?
What other steps should users take to avoid being tracked?
What about purchase information? Is it also correlated to search data?

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