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How to get rid of the Google HTTPS - gws_rd=ssl & cr - redirection & tracking?


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#1 midimusicman79

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 09:01 AM

Hi all!
 

For computer security I already have AV/FW: ESS, AM: EAM, WinPatrol PLUS, HMP.A and Unchecky;

 

And my browser is Mozilla Firefox with WebOfTrust, AdBlockPlus and Ghostery, each of these performs different tasks to further improve security while browsing the Internet.

When I am searching on http://www.google.com/ I unfortunately get redirected to https://www.google.com/ ,

with an extension of gws_rd=ssl and / or gws_rd=cr, either https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl and / or https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=cr :(

 

This is rather annoying, especially considering that this is not just HTTPS, but also actually Google Tracking.

There is a lot of confusion about this subject on the Internet; however, I luckily found an article with the truth: :thumbup2:

 

when i visit google the url suddenly shows ?gws_rd=ssl in the string. why?

 

And I quote from a user named allcoffs:

 

Very misleading information - google may lead you in this direction but it is not correct - setting your home page to https://google.com does nothing to remove TRACKING information which is what this is - there is chrome extension called "remove google tracking" this is what removes the line in question

 

So now I am wondering: Could the add-ons Remove Google Tracking & Remove Google Tracking for copy possibly solve my issue?
 

Other suggestions will also be much appreciated!

 

Thank you very much in advance!

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Edited by midimusicman79, 30 June 2015 - 06:22 AM.

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 09:23 AM

Hi again midimusicman :)

A simple question for you: if you are not okay with the way Google works, why do you use it? Don't use it and there will be nothing to worry about. I also have the same link when I go on Google.ca and I never really cared about it. If you really care about your privacy, don't use Google, Microsoft, etc. What are you trying to do now is to keep your privacy using a service that tracks you. It doesn't make sense at all.

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 12:51 PM

You'll need to use another search engine than Google. For example DuckDuckGo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuckDuckGo


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Posted 29 June 2015 - 03:03 PM

https://encrypted.google.com should do the trick...  :thumbup2:

 

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 04:09 PM

Apparently, it's less secure than using the https form of Google.

https://support.startpage.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/266/22/whats-the-difference-between-startpage-and-encryptedgooglecom

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 05:02 PM

Aura. : In the article they mention encrypted.google.com and not https://encrypted.google.com , you see the difference ?

Nowdays that's not relevant since it defaults to https.

 

The first sentence of the article gives it all away... and I see that article as an add for Startpage and not of any value.

And "The EFF advises further..." : Ok but that's true for every page because that's the ad-tracking and not Google-tracking (unless it's an ad by Google LOL).

 

Also this topic is about a seach/tracking-string in the url and you don't have that with https://encrypted.google.com !

 

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 08:27 PM

You'll need to use another search engine than Google. For example DuckDuckGo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuckDuckGo

Here are some other alternatives.
Ixquick
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Posted 30 June 2015 - 09:03 AM

Hi again, Aura., Didier Stevens, O.T.T. & quietman7!

 

Thanks to you all for the prompt and creative replies! :)

 

I have considered all your suggestions, and I have decided to use two of quietman7's alternatives, namely Ixquick and StartPage. :thumbup2:

 

Because this way I obviously combine (Google &) HTTPS & encryption & no redirection & no tracking & no extension(s) etc.; it is an All in One solution. B)

 

Thank you very much for the help! :) The issue has been successfully resolved! :)

 

Regards,

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Edited by midimusicman79, 01 July 2015 - 05:14 AM.

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 09:07 AM

No problem, you're welcome :)

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 06:38 PM

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