What do the privacy options in prefs do?

blekko’s website offers you, whether you are logged in or not, options to set preferences that enhance privacy. Click on the “prefs” link in the upper right to change your privacy settings.

The privacy options in prefs are:

  • SuperPrivacyblekko already has built-in controls to manage personally identifiable data, for example, we delete all IP Addresses within 48 hours of use. This setting goes one step further by helping you manage aggregate and/or anonymous information that may be disclosed regarding your activities on blekko.com. This setting prevents click tracking data from being collected by blekko.com and ensures that no session information is kept regarding your activities on blekko.com. This setting also activates all of the below settings.
  • No Facebook features – This feature disables all of blekko’s integration with Facebook.
  • No ads – This feature disables display of all ads on blekko.com. Also, blekko will not send any information identifiable to you (such as, IP Address, user agent string and search keywords) to a third party for advertising or marketing purposes.
  • Always use HTTPS on blekko – This feature helps make communications on blekko.com more secure and private, for example making it more difficult for other users to view your blekko.com activity on an unsecured wireless network.
  • HTTPS Preferred – This feature helps make links to search results on blekko.com more secure. If you have this option selected, and if blekko has determined that the link you are visiting has an https equivalent, blekko will link to the https version of the website. This makes it more difficult for other users to view your network activity on an unsecured wireles network.
  • No External DYM – If you turn on this feature, blekko will not send any of your search strings to our spelling vendor to discern if words were misspelled or if there are other relevant search terms. Even if this privacy feature is not enabled, blekko only sends search string information. As a result, by default, the only way for a search string to be identifiable to you would be if you submitted personal information in your search query (for example, if you searched for your first name and last name).

You can see blekko’s privacy policy here.

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How do I see blekko’s privacy policy?

You can see blekko’s privacy policy here.

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How do I find out for how long blekko holds data about me?

You can find out what data blekko collects and how it is handled in blekko’s privacy policy. You can see blekko’s privacy policy here.

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Does blekko have a mobile app?

blekko does not have a mobile app; however, there is a search app powered by blekko’s powerful slashtag categorizers. Check out izik!

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Does blekko have an iPhone app?

blekko does not have a iPhone app; however, there is a search app powered by blekko’s powerful slashtag categorizers. Check out izik!

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Does blekko have an Android app?

blekko does not have an Android app; however, there is a search app powered by blekko’s powerful slashtag categorizers. Check out izik!

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I downloaded the toolbar but now I don’t want it. How do I get rid of it?

These instructions are for the Blekko SEO Toolbar. If you have the Blekko Spam-Free Search Bar, see the instructions here: http://help.blekko.com/index.php/how-do-i-uninstall-search-bar/

For Firefox:

You can remove the blekko toolbar from Firefox by going to Tools -> Add-ons, and then clicking on “Extensions”. The BlekkoToolbar should be showing as one of your Add-ons. Click on it and you will get a button to “Uninstall” – click on that button to uninstall the toolbar.

 

For IE:

Go to your control panel and choose to “uninstall a program.” Choose the blekko toolbar and click on “uninstall.”

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How do I remove blekko as my homepage and default search engine in Firefox?

By default, downloading the blekko spam-free search bar also changes your default search engine to blekko, sets your homepage to blekko.com and changes your address bar search to blekko. When downloading the search bar, you should have a chance to choose what settings on your Firefox browser to change. Please let us know if you encounter any problems with choosing these settings while installing.

(For help on uninstalling the search bar, please click here.)

Here are instructions for changing some of those settings manually.

To change your homepage:

First, go to the URL of the page you want to be your home page. Here are some common homepages: Google, Comcast, MSN, Yahoo!, AOL. If you would like one of those to be your homepage, click on the link. If you need help finding your homepage, please email us at support@blekko.com. While you are on the page that you’d like to be your homepage, follow these instructions, depending on if you are on a Mac or PC.

Mac:

  1. Go to Firefox -> Preferences.
  2. Click on the “General” tab.
  3. Click on “Use Current Pages” to set the home page to the page you are currently on.
  4. If there is still a problem, try clicking on “Restore to Default” instead to re-set your homepage to its default setting.

PC:

  1. Go to Tools -> Options.
  2. Click on the “General” tab.
  3. Click on “Use Current Page” to set your home page to the page you are currently on.
  4. If there is still a problem, try clicking on “Use Default” instead to re-set your homepage to its default setting.

 

To change your default search engine:

  1. Click on the arrow to the left of the query box.
  2. Click on your preferred search engine from the list displayed.

 

To change your address bar search:

  1. Type about:config in the address bar and click “Enter”.
  2. This brings up a warning. Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!”
  3. Type “keyword” in the Search: section and hit enter.
  4. Double-click on the Preference Name keyword.URL.
  5. This will bring up a pop-up. Enter the value of the search engine you would like to use. For Google, enter this exact text in the text field: http://www.google.com/search?q=
  6. Click OK and close and re-open your browser. This should fix your address bar search.

If you need help determining that value for a different search engine, please contact us at support@blekko.com.

 

To change the search box on your about:home page:

  1. In the Firefox address bar, type about:config and hit enter.
  2. You should see a warning on your screen. Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!” to continue. You should now see a long list of rows and columns on the page. Each row is a Firefox setting.
  3. These values must be changed in this order:
    1. Change browser.search.defaultenginename to “Google”, or simply right-click on the Value column and choose Reset.
    2. Delete the value stored in browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID, or simply right-click on the Value column and choose Reset
  4. The search box on your about:home page should no longer search blekko.

 

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