borderline OT fireox question

Brandon J. Wandersee brandon.wandersee at
Thu Jul 14 19:41:47 UTC 2016

Daniël de Kok writes:

> On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 11:14:26PM +0000, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
>> OK, but where is that history kept, & how do they associate past & current
>> searches ?
> I think that there are two possibilities:
> 1. You see a correlation that does not really exist - Google is just
>    suggesting probably completions of a query, and other people search
>    similar things as you do.

That would absolutely be it, since (a) Google and Mozilla are
competitors (and therefore Google won't be getting anything from
Firefox); and (b) Mozilla switched Firefox's default search engine to
Yahoo nearly two years ago, out of concern for users' privacy.

The "suggestions" Firefox offers to show you are in-browser completions
similar to those used by every search engine out there: start typing,
and common/popular searches logged with the search engine are shown in a
drop-down completion box. Only these suggestions are instead fetched
from the default search engine and shown in the URL/Search bar, in the
same way bookmarks and open tabs are.


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