F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com

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F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com

What has happened to the free F-Secure Search tool?

On the home page there's only a brief note:

 

"F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com"

"Relax- your search results and browsing are still protected."

 

But it is not working anymore. No search results through browser add-on, no more safety rating.

What has happned? Can't find any information anywhere.

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Superuser

Viite: F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com

Here is information.

F-Secure Search is an internet search engine, delivers by Google and F-Secure.

In what kind of way you have used it?
In internet or do you have Safe Browser?

With kindly
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Superuser

Re: F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com

Hello,

 

Sorry for my reply. This is not official answer; I'm also just user of F-Secure security solutions. And there also not visible 'more information' for me too.

 

As it noted there technology preview for F-Secure security solution for desktops :

 

F-Secure Safe Search has been discontinued and was removed

 


Such meanings also was there  ; where discussed changes with some of recent F-Secure Freedome VPN updates and 'missing' Private Search tab (button/feature);

 

With my experience - F-Secure Search Beta was with such view (as you noted) already some days (while F-Secure Search stable was still available); On current time - stable F-Secure Search also with such note (as you wrote); There probably missing any official explanation about such changes (as press-release, release-notes, articles) - but maybe it will be there later (?!); If not - maybe there possible to use workarounds for getting more information.

 

Does your experience about F-Secure Search (and maybe toolbar/addon) was not as F-Secure user of some security Home solutions (where safety ratings with Google/Yahoo/Bing search engines still should be visible)?

Aspirant

Re: F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com

To clarify: 'F-Secure Safe Search' which used Google backend but protected browsing privacy is discontinued? 

Superuser

Re: F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com


@Danno wrote:

To clarify: 'F-Secure Safe Search' which used Google backend but protected browsing privacy is discontinued? 


Hello,

 

Sorry if it was just response to main ask of topic and not as response to my previous reply under topic.

 

With my understanding - there discontinued such service (time to time called as 'tool'):

https://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/search

And ability to use this page (as example) -> https://search.f-secure.com/ as your search engine.

 

While F-Secure own security features/meanings probably still work and valid (under their solutions);  Some other words should be based on proper notes from official F-Secure stuff/teams about such situation (my suggestions/feelings was under freedome topic);

Aspirant

Re: F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com

F-secure search has been one reason why i have used Freedome. I don't know is by the contract possible to discontinue products after i have bought a license.  But it seems i will move to free or cheaper "Virtual location" program.

 

Superuser

Re: F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com


@Herbaaja wrote:

F-secure search has been one reason why i have used Freedome. I don't know is by the contract possible to discontinue products after i have bought a license.  But it seems i will move to free or cheaper "Virtual location" program.

 


Hello,

 

Maybe you still able to avoid troublepoints or get 'still accesible for you' setting....

 

Why you did so (?! I mean using Freedome based on F-Secure Search as main?! or one of reasons) - even if F-Secure Search was mostly available as not part of Freedome (but ... I do not use recent Freedome builds - maybe there was additional layers to F-Secure Search)? What most of important part of F-Secure Search was for you?

 

* just interesting for me as for user also ( and generally you able do not answer - if you do not want);

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F-Secure Product Expert

Re: F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com

Hi everybody, 


To bring you some more information regarding this topic, we just published this article.



Best Regards

-Ben

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Aspirant

Re: F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com

I was trusting f-secure to inform me what is the trustworthiness of each www page.

 

I think that freedome has inbuild system to keep so called hijackers out from my PC ???

that is still valuable to me!!!!

 

as for out from the topic.... I think f-secure products are bit mixed up... I cannot clearly tell what product does what...an believe me. I'm not the basic user !!! I know something about internet

Superuser

Re: F-Secure Search has moved to Google.com

@Herbaaja wrote:

I was trusting f-secure to inform me what is the trustworthiness of each www page.

 

I think that freedome has inbuild system to keep so called hijackers out from my PC ???

that is still valuable to me!!!!

 

as for out from the topic.... I think f-secure products are bit mixed up... I cannot clearly tell what product does what...an believe me. I'm not the basic user !!! I know something about internet


 Hello,

 

Spoiler

If you do not talk about technical part of F-Secure products:

 

Yes, but not only F-Secure products.... it can be with most of security companies. And generally just 'name' of solutions OR security concerns a little be not 'quite understandable' (because they usually just about one common sense meanings);

 

But I have to say that F-Secure design about naming solutions (and other) much better than with most other companies. And their solutions generally can be properly 'marked' for which purpose it required.

At least... they also called F-Secure Freedome as  "F-Secure Freedome VPN";

And some of helpful articles (descriptions) just not always possible to find briefly.

 Sorry for my long reply. Smiley Sad

 

I did one spoiler^ - which I thought already long enough and tried just place my feedback about your words and some my advices (and also my feedback) ... but it getting be much larger. Smiley Sad Smiley Sad

 

Sorry for my worst English and for taking your time if you will be read my reply.... 

 

Spoiler

I think that all of most important F-Secure Freedome features still there. As example, it still should block access to harmful-rated pages and suspicious-rated pages! And there still should be tracking protection (or how it called properly on current time?!); One of difference points there: previously (when you using F-Secure Search website/service/tool as search engine) you just able 'ignoring' such harmful-rated pages directly from search results AND do not open link. With such change -> if you eventually tried to visit known malicious page with F-Secure Freedome (turned ON and with browsing protection option turned ON) - it should be blocked.

 

F-Secure SEARCH was quite good service/tool for all; And too much useful for situations, when user do not use Freedome or another F-Secure security home solutions (with browsing protection module). But not as 'main feature' of Freedome (since it was available for any time - even if you do not use Freedome); And such ability was nice! Except some points: advertisements (there was Google Adwords?! which generally too much often show fake/scam/rogue SEO?! ADs) which comes from Google (?!) directly; autocomplete (hints about typing search query) feature (which not useful for me and which I did not like); there was some time how removed 'Sort by date' feature; and added features like switch to pictures/books/map/other search (which was redirected to Google - so... there was supposed to use Google Search directly as it can be on current time too; but for full F-Secure Search service/tool); and some other things about usability; I often used F-Secure Search for certain 'design' and search 'certain' things (but with recent days - more often switch to Google Search from first); 

 

For my opinion (good if it will be response from experienced Freedome users) and for Windows (not sure about mobile platforms... most likely it with difference and some additional features) F-Secure Search was just as search engine (where you also able to get security rating-badges near the results;

And some 'preventions' for Google tracking; But if I normally able to understand - Google also provide opt-out options about any of tracking or other meanings for you as for user; And this is additionally to some default browser features or security tweaks - which can be different for each browser);

 

Just as my advice (if you do not decided switch to another VPN solutions) and still OK about using F-Secure software:

 

their provided "F-Secure Total" solutions: https://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/total

 

Such solution combine "F-Secure SAFE   +   F-Secure Freedome" under one subscription (expected that it will be with less price, than you buy F-Secure SAFE and F-Secure Freedome as two different subscriptions); So, F-Secure Total can be quite good option with meanings that:

 

--> it not only F-Secure Freedome (if I normally understand - which you used and feel good about it; and not sure about ?! just direct security solutions as AV/Internet Security);

 

--> it also F-Secure SAFE (as F-Secure Internet Security for supported platforms: Windows, Mac, Android and partly iOS, Windows Phone);

 

With F-Secure SAFE there still available (yet) search results ratings under Browsing Protection module. For Google/Bing/Yahoo. With some tweaks and configurations - you able use Google with F-Secure SAFE with practically with one security level as F-Secure Search (but search results quality will be higher).