SearchShield is a search engine and browser extension. It helps protect your privacy and security online by blocking third-party websites, and other popular search engines, from tracking your activity. It also prevents these websites from storing your data for advertising purposes.
SearchShield has several leading security features built-in to help keep your activity private. It detects your search before it is sent to a search engine that could both store your information and use it to profile you. Once it has captured your query, SearchShield redirects you to a privacy-enhanced environment, and also ensures that your query is not traceable, while continuing to deliver top search results.
Absolutely. All traffic between your computer, and SearchShield is SSL double-encrypted. The connection between your browser and the search results page, in addition to your search queries, are encrypted - not once, but twice.
We also ensure that any outside party that may try to intercept your search query is blocked from doing so.
The SearchShield browser extension acts as another level of protection, in addition to the SearchShield privacy-enhanced search engine.
You may have noticed that when you enter a search query into a popular search engine, you receive suggestions based on your individual keystrokes. This means that these keystrokes are being tracked, and could be shared with third-party companies to help them profile you for advertising purposes.
How can I temporarily disable SearchShield?
You can temporarily disable (and re-enable) SearchShield, as needed. Simply follow the steps below.
If you're using Chrome:
1. Click the menu icon at the top right of the browser, select "Tools" and choose "Extensions" to open a new "Options" tab.
2. Deselect "Enabled" to disable SearchShield
If you're using Firefox:
1. Click the menu button in the top of your browser
2. Select "Add-ons" and the Add-ons Manager tab will open.
3. Select the "Extensions" or "Appearance" panel.
4. Select SearchShield, and click the Disable button.
To re-enable SearchShield, simply find it in the list of Add-ons and select Enable, then restart your browser, if necessary.
Yes - that is exactly what we do. SearchShield purpose is prevent search engines from tracking or profiling you. Once you have left the search results page, we can no longer protect you from third-party tracking. VPN services are an option we would recommend you consider for this.