We live in a world where everything and anything is just a click or web search away. Instant access to information is the new norm and seemingly taken for granted. Â When questions need answering, most â€œJust Google it.â€; with that ease and convenience of using The GOOG though, comes a priceâ€¦Your privacy.
On Tuesday, Moxie Marlinspike released a small lightweight Firefox extension that is aimed to prevent the collection of users search/behavioral data by Google. GoogleSharing works by serving all of your queries through a custom proxy that contains a collection of what Moxie calls â€œGoogleSharing Identitiesâ€. Â When enabled, if the Firefox plug-in detects a request sent out to any of Googleâ€™s services, it routes you through the proxy, removes any identification information and then replaces that data with one of the random, pooled Google Sharing Identities. Â Pretty slick! Â Obviously, if you are already logged into any of Googleâ€™s many services (Gmail, iGoogle, Groups etc) GoogleSharing wonâ€™t help one bit.
While anonymous proxies are nothing new, GoogleSharing introduces a different method of anonymity for a pretty specific threat. With its lean and quick Firefox extension, GoogleSharing is a step in the right direction of trying to regain some sort of privacy back on the net.