Using Scroogle as Your Default Search on Opera 11

A sim­ple step you can take to pro­tect your pri­va­cy is to use scrap­ers like the Scroogle, the Google Scraper.  With this search tool, you are able to search the Google data­base with­out divulging your search pat­terns to them; pro­tect­ing your pri­va­cy, so your per­son­al infor­ma­tion is not sold to Google’s customers.

By default Scroogle is not avail­able in the list of search engines on Opera or most browsers for that mat­ter; so you must take one sim­ple step to add and enable it under your Opera pref­er­ences.  After you’ve enabled Scroogle, if you’ve select­ed it as your default search, you can sim­ply type the search term in the address box.

As you can see, I typed friendi­ka into the address bar and Opera offers to search for Friendi­ka via Scroogle.  Of course, you can also type the term in the win­dow on the right-hand side of the address bar.

This is just one sim­ple thing you can do to sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve your privacy.

3 thoughts on “Using Scroogle as Your Default Search on Opera 11”

  1. For adding new search engines Opera offers a con­text menu entry. Just right click on any “Search Box” like form and then “Cre­ate search”. I have dozens of “Search Engines” with an asso­ci­at­ed short­key for things like URL­short­en­er, trans­la­tion of a word of the cur­rent web­page and clas­si­cal search engines for var­i­ous pro­gram­ming lan­guage references–and search engines as well. I like ixquick and duck­duck­go (both .com) which don’t track you (as they say) and give good results, some­times even bet­ter results then G.

  2. Thanks for the info Tobias. I’m look­ing for­ward to check­ing out some of these new search engines that you’ve mentioned.

    Ever since I start­ed tin­ker­ing around on the Friendi­ka project, it has real­ly put the idea of own­ing and con­trol­ling your con­tent and pro­tect­ing pri­va­cy, into the forefront.

    My goal is to even­tu­al­ly be most­ly free of attach­ments to ser­vices like Google, Face­book, etc.

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