The Search Encrypt extension expires your searches from your local browser history and encrypts your search terms between your computer and searchencrypt.com. Searches are intercepted, encrypted locally, and redirected to our privacy-enhanced search engine.
1. Search Encrypt checks the URL of each website you visit (this data is not logged or stored anywhere)
2. For your privacy, Search Encrypt intercepts the requests if it's on our list of sites
3. Search Encrypt encrypts your search locally using industry standard AES-256 encryption
4. Your locally encrypted search term is securely transmitted to our servers
5. To provide you with the most relevant results possible, we then decrypt your search term and securely request results from our search & content partners
6. We aggregate the most relevant results and securely display them to you
For added security, your local browsing history for any search we protect expires and cannot be viewed after 30 minutes of inactivity.
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Permissions we request:
"activeTab", "tabs", "webNavigation"
We use these permissions to protect information you enter into forms on the sites we protect you on. Some sites use keystroke logging to track any words you enter into a search field. These permissions allow us to block those logs and let you know which fields are safe, by displaying a tooltip.
"webRequest", "webRequestBlocking", "privacy"
We use these permissions to block the searches that you don't want to be tracked, and allows us to redirect those searches to our secure search engine so you can still find the information and the search results you're looking for.
We use these permissions to store and clear the encryption keys that we use to ensure that your searches are secure and expire within 30 minutes of your final search.
These permissions let us give you the browser interface to control our product and its settings. You can use the context menu to disable, uninstall, and reactivate our extension as needed.
These give us permission to protect you throughout the internet.
Without these permissions we wouldn't be able to block things like background search logging and sneaky forms that track you from one website to another.