Agree wholeheartedly. Ixquick is what I use.
Don't use G(.)(.)gle for anything.
Not even as a verb.
They are watching you and giving their observations to Fedzilla.
Get rid of your "Android" appliances. Android just a G(.)(.)gle phishing expedition and spy engine built on top of a Linux kernel, for which G(.)(.)gle should be despised all the more.
Don't use any Apple appliance. It is always calling back to the Apple mothership, which then relays information about you to Fedzilla. Microsoft and Google do the same, of course, but you can be protected from Microsoft.
If you have a Microsoft Windows running on your computer:
I believe the above steps should go a long way to protecting you from the NSA/IRS snooping apparatus.
By the way, you cannot legally build an Apple virtual machine on any system other than an Apple, so you're hosed if that's your platform.
Converting all of my MS 7 systems to either Linux Mint or Linux Mint running as a virtual PC. My days of purchasing MS are over!
There is a future fortune to be made in secure internet through peer-2-peer, as well as phone via hotspots and etc. for the entrepreneur that figures it out. It's a sure bet, as I was right about Internet TV and a number of other techs, I'm confident in these future developments as well. ;)
How does free unlimited and secure text/data/voice sound to ya???