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Why aren't search engines encrypting search queries? [duplicate]

As you will know most search engines pass the search information url-encoded, i.e a get request with the parameters on it. But given all the fuzz about security and surveillance, why aren't SEs ...
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Privacy across search engines

a while ago I checked results associated with my name on duckduckgo. The name I am referring to is the first name and surname, which is associated with a google account. Scrolling through the results, ...
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How can I find if my website code has been implemented somewhere else?

The idea is to find, through some search engine or tool, a HTML tag structure, or HTML fingerprint, which reveals similarly coded pages to a particular one. A traditional search engine like Google or ...
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How does Google search extract text from pages behind a paywall? [duplicate]

For a recent example, type in to Google (with quotes) "Reggie Kray as a character witness" and your first result should be this article from The Times. Even with all of my best JavaScript ...
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Can the Google Console html verification file be used maliciously, when exposed?

I was wondering, if the special html verification file can be used by "hackers". This file contains some unique string that is linked to a user's Google Console account. Google asks the user ...
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How does Medium know my Google searches? [closed]

I searched for "Adele's weight loss" today and up popped the article "How to support your fat friends?" in my news feed on Medium. I literally have read nothing about fat people on Medium and it just ...
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Typed my password on Google search box by mistake. What happens now? [duplicate]

By mistake, I copied and pasted a password into Google Chrome search box on my personal computer, a Mac computer. However, I did not press enter or click search button/magnifying glass. Is my password ...
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How to hide information on a website from search engines?

I have a website with many pages. There are few lines of text on one of these pages which should NOT be visible to search engines - it means no one should be able to find my website after searching ...
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What benefits are there to blocking most search engines?

While on a client's site using the corporate network, I see that only a few search engines are allowed. Google and Bing, possibly others; while my fav DuckDuckGo is blocked, and a few others that I'...
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Which databases/sites do most people use for searching vulnerabilities? [closed]

This is slightly different to this one which site do you use to view details of vulnerabilities? My question relates to the differences between various websites for searching vulnerabilities. I am ...
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Determine what a company is googling

Let's say that a fictional company, AwSemCo, discovers that a published vulnerability "CVE0day" affects their systems and they immediately start investigating it. They go to the web looking for a ...
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What's the difference between using duckduckgo with !google bangs and using google directly?

Is there any security advantage in searching on duckduckgo using !google? Or is it effectively the same as searching directly on google?
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Is DuckDuckGo safe to access netbanking site? [closed]

I'm using DuckDuckGo search engine to protect my privacy. Is it a safe bet to access netbanking site using DuckDuckGo?
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How to minimise personalised result skewing in search engines?

Quite often I see comments on this SE network in the form of: Given that this question is now the top Google hit… But sometimes that was a statement I couldn't confirm to be true. Recently I saw ...
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Hide from Webcrawlers

If I had legitimate reasons to do so, would it be possible to hide a service from webcrawlers and with that, hide it from any search engines like Google? Can I prevent an average joe from stumbling ...
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How SearX private instances protects users privacy?

SearX is a search engine recommended by privacytools.io. I liked the idea of a fully open-sourced and user controlled search engine and I also installed a docker image with SearX in my local machine ...
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Why can't search engines reach the dark web?

Why can't search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing reach dark web and archive its content to display it in their results?
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How does DuckDuckGo know my native language even though I am using a VPN in a country with a different language?

I recently started using a VPN and I've felt more comfortable browsing the Internet. My VPN allows me to select another country through which my traffic is routed to make it appear I'm located in that ...
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Can the public see search queries made by users on a website with Google Custom Search?

Can search queries that have been made by users on a website that uses Google Custom Search be viewed by people that are not staff of the website?
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How would encrypted search engine work, a search engine where it doesn't know what was searched for

I took course on cryptography on coursera, and the instructor said that it's possible to create search engine as so that even search engine wont know what you searched for but it will be able to find ...
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Private generated and encrypted links show up in Yahoo search, but not Google

A customer found a couple of generated links pointing to private data on their website. After looking at the links and searching a specific part of the URL on Yahoo, I found dozens of other private ...
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Faked XSS in Search Bar [closed]

I was poking around one of Google's lesser known programs, Build with Chrome, when I noticed something pretty funny with their search bar. When you type in the standard XSS payload <script>...
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How do people make their websites unsearchable through google ect.?

People commonly refer to the "deep web" as the class of websites that can't be found through the major search engines. They use really convoluted URLs that don't make any sense at face value, but my ...
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Who can se what I search for on different search engines? [closed]

How difficult it is to find out someone's searching patterns on Google for example or sites I'm visiting? There is things like disconnect search engine, Tor browser and VPN etc. that provides the ...
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Pirate Bay Search Appearing in Chrome

While googling some errors today I noticed I had the option to use the pirate bay search Now I saw a similar question posted here How did piratebay.se search engine get in Chrome as an “other search ...
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Odd search engine entries

A customer found about a dozen valid URLs pointing to existing customer related documents at Yahoo. These URLs were not public and certainly not searchable at the customer's site. The documents have ...
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Do search engines verify HTTPS certificates, and if so, against which CAs?

Just out of curiosity, I'm wondering whether search engines attempt to validate certificates and what is their trust store. Do they accept everything regardless of certificate's trust/validity or do ...
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