I believe 'startpage' is referring to Google and how it helps bypass some of Google's tracking by acting as a proxy that does not pass on your IP address.
Google is in the business of gathering information on Internet users' interests. It does it in a number of clever, but insidious ways.
- Offers DNS services. Easy way to logs queries to websites.
- Gmail to parse email content.
- google-analytics embedded in web pages
- Browser "features" to "keep us safe" where our visits are passed to Google
by the browser.
- Web development tools with links back to Google.
- Bought doubleclick.net since it's embedded in a lot of web pages.
- App stores, including several alias sites that don't have 'google' in their name.
- Search engine.
'startpage' addresses the last. The rest require you to take some steps.
Every time you visit Glock Talk, Google logs it. This web page we are looking at now has links to www.googletagservices.com
, ajax.googleapis.com and google-analytics.com
In my VPN/proxy I took advantage of Linux's DNS resolution features to resolve logging sites to 'localhost'. You can do the same on your local box (even on Windows. e.g see http://labnol.blogspot.com/2004/10/t...osts-file.html