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[–] nonservator [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

All good points. Also supposedly, startpage or ixquick (can't remember which) uses anonymized El Goog under the hood. And if you've already taken all those steps, spoofing your user agent isn't any more work.

Me personally, they pissed me off too badly for me to ever touch their poop again. Even as the rest of the net says "let's rely ever more on the big boys", I refuse. If El Goog was the only source of broadband, I'd go with carrier pigeons.

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[–] SCphotog 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I use duckduckgo for 95% of my searches, but I watch a good bit of youtube videos... as I mentioned I keep it as much on the 'down low' as I can... but there's really no 'reasonable' way to remain completely hidden, and still use the internet.

You can't even get through Voat's registration without using Google's captcha integration... that simultaneously, helps Google's AI learn image recognition.

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[–] nonservator [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

At least youtube-dl doesn't cause a shitload of El Goog connections like loading a video in a browser does. Run the download through TOR if you're concerned, and you should be safe from garden-variety SJW bullshit, if not state actors.

And yeah, that Voat captcha needs to fucking die already.