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Firefox to block all keyword data using HTTPS by default

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by webnise, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. webnise

    webnise Regular Member

    Dec 21, 2009
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    Firefox switching to HTTPS Google search by default (and the end of referrer leakage)

    A few days ago, Mozilla's developers quietly enabled Google's HTTPS encrypted search as the default search service for the "nightly" developer trunk of the Firefox browser (it will actually use the SPDY protocol). This change should reach regular users at some point in the next few months.

    This is a big deal for the 25% or so of Internet users who use Firefox to browse the web, bringing major improvements in privacy and security.

    First, the search query information from these users will be shielded from their Internet service providers and governments who might be using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) equipment to monitor the activity of users or censor and filter search results.

    Second, the search query information will also be shielded from the websites that consumer visit after conducting a search. This information is normally leaked via the "referrer header". Google has in the past gone out of its way to facilitate referrer header based data leakage (which led to me filing a FTC complaint against the firm in 2010).

    Source: http://paranoia.dubfire.net/2012/03/firefox-switching-to-https-google.html

    One day we will be SEOing without keywords :)
  2. Askhar Kooni

    Askhar Kooni Newbie

    Mar 16, 2012
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    So cool man nice post
  3. steelballs

    steelballs BANNED BANNED

    Dec 5, 2008
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    Interesting where this will lead to we will find out soon that is for sure