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Friday, February 22, 2019

Gibiru


You'll be hearing more about Gibiru here on Virtual Mirage. Unfortunately Gibiru is not for everyone. People who want to track your searches have no use for Gibiru. 

For the rest of us, Gibiru is something to consider using. We are concerned about how much data we give away when we surf the web.

Google, the world’s biggest search engine has a terrible record when it comes to protecting user privacy. It routinely builds detailed, personalized profiles of the sites users visit, the search terms they use, and even where they go on Google Maps. And this data is then sold on to advertisers without users providing any kind of consent.

At the same time, Google is happy to open up Gmail accounts so app developers can spy on users, has a suspiciously close relationship with governments of all types, and has a chequered record on data leaks. So finding an alternative is a rational course of action.

The first thing to understand about Gibiru search is that it qualifies as a “private search engine.” This style of search tool has become much more popular in recent years as Google’s sins have accumulated, and have then been made public. The idea behind most of them is to offer ways to search the web without giving away personal data (or at least having the chance to consent to any data usage).

The Gibiru search engine bills itself as “uncensored anonymous search”. Why do these terms matter?

When users search for terms using Gibiru search, the content of their searches is not logged or linked to an IP address. So there’s no scope for profiling individual web users.

Gibiru doesn’t sell any information to third parties. They aren’t in the data selling game.

Gibiru couples their search engine with their own Virtual Private Network (VPN). This allows users to search completely anonymously, using IP addresses supplied by the VPN, not their own. This VPN can be installed as an add-on to browsers like Opera and Firefox easily, providing automatic in-browser protection.

When you submit a Gibiru search, you’ll see “all results” and “uncensored” options. The uncensored option lets you see all results that won’t appear in Google searches – and you may be surprised by how many pages are included.

This anti-censorship tool extends to current news, giving users an unprecedented ability to search all up to date news sources – not just ones approved by Google.

Gibiru search with a key competitor, it’s worth summarizing its key security features:

Full 256-Bit HTTPS encryption
No tracking cookies
No data selling of any kind
No logs
Can be combined with a separate VPN/Proxy app to ensure that the websites you visit don’t detect your IP address.

15 comments:

  1. Very good article over at Peter's place--

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2019/02/data-defining-ourselves-by-what-we-do.html

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    1. Peter's blog is always worth a read. Referencing the article that you referenced, "Privacy as we normally think of it doesn’t matter,” said Aza Raskin, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology. "What these companies are doing is building little models, little avatars, little voodoo dolls of you. Your doll sits in the cloud, and they'll throw 100,000 videos at it to see what’s effective to get you to stick around, or what ad with what messaging is uniquely good at getting you to do something.”

      Which is why Gibiru is important.

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    1. It's a breath of fresh air in a universe of sold and purloined data, used by unscrupulous mountebanks. Hopefully it becomes the FUTURE of Internet searches.

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  3. If I use it will I lose my bed next to the stove?

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    1. Maybe. Stick to Google if you want to be on the FIRST train to the gulag. Consult FEMA for reservations at the re-education camp.

      I've applied to be the commandant of the Western States Re-Education and Motivation Facility. There's been no word back on whether or not I'd be accepted. I have government recognized medals and citations for brutality and cruelty that are in my favor, but being a white male may opt me out. I need to watch Schindler's List again.

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    2. I think maybe you are misinterpreting the lesson that was to be learned from watching Schindler's List....

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  4. I've been using DuckDuckGo for quite a while now, but will certainly give Gibiru a look see.

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  5. Thanks for writing about Gibiru. I am always on the watch for another non-Google & non-Bing search engine. I added it to my l

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  6. ...sorry, hit enter in error before I was done. I added it to my list of Search Engine alternatives to Google. There, done typing :)
    Thanks.

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    1. Gibiru is in the process of rolling out some really exciting stuff. You'll read about it first on this blog. I'm not part of the company, but I'm following what they're doing.

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    2. "David Drake February 24, 2019 at 8:35 AM"

      Which David Drake are you? Are you the one who's book ( " Some Golden Harbor " ) I am currently reading?

      Paul L. Quandt

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    3. @Paul, sorry, nope. I am an non-famous, unknown David Drake. Not the sci fi writer or the others. Sadly....:)

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  7. I have used ixquick for several years now. It offers all of the same features as Gibiru, including anonymously visiting search results.
    My concern about a US based 'anonymous' search engine is that they could be compelled to secretly keep records and have a gag order about it. They tried to do it with Snowden's email provider and it came out in that case that they had successfully done it with other companies.
    In Europe, especially Denmark where ixquick is based, while they could be hacked, they don't have the same secret issues, and GDPR is taken VERY seriously there.

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