Startpage.com, which you might know better under the name Ixquick (it changed its name last summer), last week launched a proxy service that allows you to browse pages in search results in privacy.
As you might remember, Startpage does not record IP address or search term details of its users. (You can get more details about its privacy policies at http://us2.startpage.com/eng/protect-privacy.html.)
The proxy service extends the idea of private browsing a little bit further, allowing you to view the contents of a page without directly connecting to the page itself. Run a search and you’ll see a link reading “Proxy” next to the URL for each search results. Click on it and you’ll get a page that looks like this:
(Yes, yes, that’s the EFF Web site, I was trying to be funny.)
Startpage connects you to the page in your search result via a proxy, which means the site you’re visiting does not see your ip and can’t put send you cookies. The page looks like it’s framed; the blue box at the top lets you go back to the search results or “Unproxy” and link directly to the site.
You can get more details on the proxy service at http://us2.startpage.com/proxy/eng/help.html. This is a useful, quick service when you want to protect your privacy or make absolutely sure that you’re not getting cookies all over your browser.