Add ixquick to Firefox location bar

ixquick logoA few years have past since I discovered ixquick. As a happy user I use it for all my online searches. I’m using it in combination with my favorite browser and have added it to the browser default search engine. This browser, Firefox, allows me to enter keywords to search in the location (URL) bar, which are automatically passed to Google instead of ixquick. Since I have to change the setting every now and then I created this post to remember.

Do the following:

  • In the location bar, type about:config and hit Enter.
  • In the filter at the top, type: keyword.URL
  • Double click it and remove whatever’s in there and replace it with ‘https://ixquick.com/do/metasearch.pl?cat=web&query=’.

Happy safe searching!

Search safely with ixquick

Ixquick claims to be the only search engine that does not record your IP address. According to Wikipedia, “Ixquick is a metasearch engine based in New York and the Netherlands, and has provided over 120 million searches since 2004.”, but even more interestingly “Ixquick.com became the first search engine to delete private details of its users. IP addresses and other personal information are deleted within 48 hours of a search.
Ixquick also does not share its users’ personal information with other search engines or with the provider of its sponsored results. As of January 29th 2009 Ixquick no longer records users’ IP addresses at all.”
Even better, it’s also available via https, which means your ISP, or your employer cannot easily track what you are searching.

I’ve just added it to my browsers default search bar and it does it’s job quite well, so I thought let’s share. Give it a try yourself!