!! 03-31-2009: Download new the new version of SquiggleSR 0.5.0.8
SquiggleSR is a privacy enforcement add-on for Firefox. More precisely, SquiggleSR protects search engine users’ privacy. Because search engines record all your queries and clicks, they have a lot of information used to establish accurate profiles. Although these profiles are useful to provide personalized services and ads, they represent a threat to your privacy.
So far, most privacy tools anonymize your queries. A brief note of the Electronic Frontier Foundation exposes some tips to enforce your privacy. Unfortunately, these tools remove every personalization benefit.
SquiggleSR protects your privacy with minor effects on searches personalization. Actually, we let users select about which topics they will generate false queries. Moreover SquiggleSR generates personalized and realistic queries. Indeed, keywords used in queries are extracted from RSS flows titles.
Generally, the RSS flows we subscribe to, concern topics that we find interesting. So the queries generated are queries that you could have issued. SquiggleSR supports OPML files and so lets you import easily your RSS subscriptions. Then you can add or remove some RSS subscriptions to simulate fake interests about particular topics or hide some real interests. A more classical approach uses popular keywords get from search engine statistics or tags pages.
Here a sample of generated queries (inspired by MyGoogleSearchHistory):
Search engines are not your friends, friends don’t know so much about you.