Web Development

Usability of Browser-Based Tools for Web-Search Privacy

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Executive Summary

Web search is currently a source of growing concern about personal privacy. It is an essential and central part of most users' activity online and therefore one through which a significant amount of personal information may be revealed. In an earlier paper, the authors showed that there are security weaknesses in some popular general-purpose Web-privacy tools. They went on to show that, if one is willing to use a tool aimed specifically at search privacy, it is possible to avoid these weaknesses, and they presented PWS (Private Web Search), a Firefox extension that avoids them.

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