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StartPage HTTPS Search for Safari for Mac

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Key Details of StartPage HTTPS Search for Safari

  • Add the privacy and security of StartPage Search to Apple Safari.
  • Last updated on 10/4/2017
  • There have been 1 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

StartPage HTTPS Search for Safari for Mac provides an elegant solution for anonymous Web browsing in the form of a small but powerful Safari extension. The service is based on Google, which means that users can enjoy the benefits of the world's top search engine without any of the major security concerns. If browser security is important to you, you'll like this extension.

After installing StartPage HTTPS Search for Safari, you'll notice a new button on the toolbar to the left of the address field. Clicking on it pops up a text field that links to StartPage's search service. The extension, itself, doesn't have any options to configure, unlike the Web site, which has a wealth of settings that range from privacy and search result options to page themes. When comparing the extension's search engine to Google, we found a 90 percent overlap in search results on the first page. Two features that stand out are View by Proxy and Highlight. View by Proxy further protects your privacy by utilizing a remote proxy server to fetch all needed information and send it to you, while Highlight opens the page with the search terms highlighted. While free proxy servers are notorious for being slow and unreliable, we had no issues with the ones this app is using.

StartPage HTTPS Search for Safari offers many important privacy features. It's a good option for privacy-minded Internet users who want to browse the Web securely without having to forsake their favorite browser, Google. You have nothing to lose from installing this extension and trying it out.

What's new in version 1.0

Tested through macOS High Sierra.

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Full Specifications

September 20, 2013
Latest update
October 4, 2017
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.7, OS X 10.11, OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X, OS X 10.9, macOS 10.13, OS X 10.10
Additional Requirements
Apple Safari 5 or greater
Total Downloads
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Developer's Description

Add the privacy and security of StartPage Search to Apple Safari.
StartPage HTTPS Search for Safari gives you convenient mobile access to StartPage.com, one of the world's most private search engines. StartPage lets you access Google search results privately and anonymously from the convenience of your smartphone or other mobile device. When you search with StartPage, we remove all identifying information from your query. We get the results and return them to you in total privacy, and then we delete all records of your visit. StartPage is the perfect tool for iron-clad privacy protections, plus great search results.

Other search engines record your search terms and the links you click on and build a detailed profile of your interests. At StartPage, our zero data-collection policy and full SSL encryption is your assurance that nobody's looking over your shoulder, no matter what you search for. We never collect any personal information on our users. We don't store your IP address, we don't capture your location, and we don't record what you searched for. In fact, we keep no records on you at all. Nada. Zilch. Zero.

All searches are encrypted using state-of-the-art SSL encryption. That means your service provider can't see what you search for, and neither can hackers or the NSA. Your searches are scrubbed and anonymized for privacy. StartPage protects you from physical intrusion by deleting your searches and Web history after a pre-set time, or whenever the app is closed or suspended. With one tap of your Home button, your searches are gone. StartPage strips out your search terms, so they can't be seen by the websites you visit. StartPage never uses tracking cookies, and rejects tracking cookies from websites you visit. StartPage never records your IP address, search terms, or location.