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Anonymously Search the Internet

Published 04/25/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Jess Meli
What can you use the app for?

Stealth is a search engine that also provides users with privacy. As people search for content on the web, their information is not compromised. This is an important distinguishing factor while using Stealth and the application will prevent the sites that are searched from discovering any personally identifiable information which can provider marketers, researchers and the websites that are searched with information about the users including what the users searched for and who the users are. Hence, Stealth eliminates the threat to privacy by default and it does this by redirecting users' search requests so that the receiving website does not see any information about the user or know what searches were conducted. Stealth also uses encryption to protect its users and by not saving IP addresses, it is impossible to create a history of searches or link searches together. While tracking is a major component of certain search engines, Stealth offers users the freedom from being profiled or targeted with advertisements. Users can confidently search for web content including images, video and news articles in a manner that is secure and private.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The founder and CEO of Stealth is Jon Cook. Cook was also the co-founder and CEO of Veribu. Stealth is determined to provide privacy for its users even if it implies losing some of its reveue so that its users are guaranteed privacy while using the application to conduct searches. Stealth uses an in-house algorithm and also using APIs from other applications including Google, Yahoo and Bing. The use of search engines that promote privacy and annoymous searches is gaining popularity espescially with people who do not want applications to save their personal information including the keywords that were searched for. It is the goal of Stealth to continue to maintain privacy for its users and ensure that targeted advertisements do not follow them as they use the Internet.

What are the differences to other apps?

While many search engines will record a user's information and use this information to create profiles that could be given to advertisers, stealth places an emphasis on ensuring that the users' browser and computer information remain private and within the control of the user. Stealth will never send personal information belonging to its users to any advertiser or other party. While other applications will reveal some user analytics results by displaying advertisments that are directed at specific users, users can feel safe while using Stealth because the application will never track its users and they will never see an advertisment that is targeted directly at them.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

As users access the website, they are presented with a simple and somewhat plain user interface. The search box is readily available, although users who are familiar with other search engines may not be particularly energized by the interface. Hence, the interface could be more appealing. However, the message regarding Stealth's objective of anonymous and private searches while using the search engine is clearly specified on the main screen. The interface also specifies what type of searches can be conducted such as web, image, news or video searches. However, these options can be displayed in a more visible manner on the screen. Also, search results only give users a handful of data at a time. Other popular but non-private search engines may appear to display more robust search results. The user interface does convey the message that Stealth will not provide any tracking, targeted advertisments, saved searches, recorded IP addresses and cookies.

How does the registration process work?

Stealth does not have any registration process. Users simply begin conducting searches with the application. Users can set Stealth as their home page but still do not have to create any account or provide the application with any of their personal information to achieve this.

What does it cost to use the application?

There is no cost associated with using Stealth. Other search engines may also not charge any money to use their search engines but users pay the price of losing their privacy and having their information transferred to various third parties for purposes of research or advertising. However, with Stealth, users do not provide any monetary costs and also do not have to compromise their privacy while conducting searches on the web.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Stealth is recommended to people who seek privacy while conducting searchers on the Internet. Many search engines will collect a user's IP address and other personal information. Sometimes, such information is collected without the user even being aware that such activities are occuring. Advertisers, marketers and other groups can use information collected by search engines to research user habits and understand more about user preferences and attitudes. People who do not want to be included in such researched groups can seek search engines that provide privacy while searching. Stealth would be an example of a serach engine that would provide this privacy during online searches.

  • Stealth provides searching capabilities with privacy
  • The user's personal information is not sent to other websites
  • Users can search the web or specifically for images, news or videos
  • There are no targeted advertisments while using Stealth
  • Stealth does not store any cookies or personally identifiable information

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