How to search Google anonymously

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Now that the internet has become a big part of our day to day lives, privacy is a concern that a lot of people have.  This even comes down to doing a simple Google search.  Did you know that when you submit a search term to Google, some of the information you send is saved?  It’s true.

We don’t like to think of Google as being “sneaky” and compiling our data; after all, their motto is “Don’t be evil”.  But they do save data.  This includes the date and time of your search, the search term, and your computer’s internet IP address.  All of the Google searches you have done are stored in a computer database in California.

If that bothers you, you might want to know that there is a different way to search Google – anonymously.  It’s through a free service called Scroogle (www.scroogle.org).  Note that it is dot org, not dot com.

Scroogle logo

Scroogle is a not-for-profit service that is funded entirely by donations.  Here’s how it works:

1. When you go to the Scroogle home page, you will see a link that says “Scroogle scraper”.  This term comes from the fact that it is “scraping” Google’s search results.  Click that link to go to the search page.

2. Next you will see a simple form where you can enter your search phrase.  You can also choose how many results you want to see at a time (20, 50 or 100).

3. When you submit your search, Scroogle goes to Google on your behalf and gets the results.  So Google doesn’t see your IP address, they don’t set a cookie on your computer, they never have a record of your search.

Scroogle doesn’t use cookies, they don’t save any search terms, and all of their logs are deleted within 48 hours.  And one more added bonus: no Google ads in your search results.

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Jean Garvey
September 13th, 2010

A few days ago I took Google off my homepage and have stopped using it.,I used to check news every day but they started “personalizing” the content which was driving me crazy. I tried using their “preferences” but that. didn’t work. I have been using duckduckgo instead . This seems to be working. They claim their searches are private.

Enoch Sneed
March 1st, 2012

Just tried to access scroogle and told “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage” with no explanation why and no help from “Troubleshooting” – hmm!

Scott Johnson
March 1st, 2012

Looks like Scroogle is no longer in operation.