How does HTTPS encryption protect me? Does it keep my ISP from seeing me?
Last modified on 22 September 2017 04:46 AM

The HTTPS (SSL or "secure socket layer"/TLS "transport layer security") encrypted connection you make with Ixquick prevents your Internet service provider (ISP) from seeing what you're searching for while you are on StartPage.

It does not, however, prevent your ISP from seeing what links you click and visit when you leave our search engine -- unless you go to them through our proxy.

For maximum privacy, here are a few tips:

You should understand that whenever you search with Ixquick, your SEARCH is not recorded, your IP ADDRESS is not recorded, your IDENTITY is not recorded, no TRACKING COOKIES are placed on your browser, and our encryption ensures that your ISP or hackers can't eavesdrop on what you search for on Ixquick or view using the Ixquick Proxy. You are also never seen by any of the search engines we query.

That protection applies 100% to your SEARCHES. However, when you CLICK on a search result, including sponsored results, whether you got the link from us, Bing, Yahoo, or any other search engine, you LEAVE the search engine that gave you the link and go SOMEWHERE ELSE.

Once you leave Ixquick, you can be seen, recorded, and tracked by the website you are going to, plus by all of its advertising and marketing and tracking partners and affiliates. 

If you are performing a particularly private or sensitive search and wish to avoid this, you can use the Ixquick Proxy which allows you to visit third-party websites through Ixquick without anyone, including the website and its advertising partners, seeing you.  

Our proxy service is unique, and the privacy protection it provides is not available through any other search engine. 

To learn more about the Ixquick proxy, please watch our short instructional video.

Additionally, you may consider using your browser's anonymous / incognito mode for extra privacy. Here are links to to help you activate private browsing in several common Web browsers:

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