Do You Consider the Firefox Extension TrackMeNot a Strong Method of Ensuring Search History Privacy?

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Question by ribordoli: Do you consider the Firefox extension TrackMeNot a strong method of ensuring search history privacy?
TrackMeNot is a lightweight browser extension that protects web searchers against surveillance and data-profiling. It does so not by means of concealment or encryption (i.e. covering one’s tracks), but instead, paradoxically, by the opposite strategy: noise and obfuscation. With TrackMeNot, actual web searches, lost in a cloud of false leads, are essentially hidden in plain view. User-installed TrackMeNot works with the Firefox Browser and popular search engines, e.g. AOL, Yahoo!, Google, & MSN, and requires no 3rd-party servers or services.

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Answer by John-Paul C
yes, i use it.

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  1. jg says:

    Not until they truly randomize their search terms and search source so that companies can’t programmatically filter out their searches.

    Flip side from the company perspective is that I’m sure if that day comes it will cause some problems with their ongoing performance tracking. Too bad AOL had to mess things up for everyone with their stupidity.

    Browsers need the ability to selectively set cookie retention on a per site and per cookie basis. Once they have that ability, people interested in preserving their security can block some tracking cookies, and reset others on a session/daily/weekly basis. That, plus an automated way to reset your IP address on a daily basis, and that’s as secure as you’re going to get.