Startpage launches escape route to protect women’s health

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Home Page, a privacy technology company, today announced the release of its new feature, Escape Route. For 16 years, Startpage has provided private search as well as protection from websites, advertisers and the government. Now with Escape Route, users can also protect their navigation from anyone who might see their screen, in the Home page privacy protection extension.

With the annulment of Roe v. Wade, many Americans may begin to feel unsafe or exposed when visiting a site. Maybe they’re on a public computer, or somewhere others could walk in and see their screen. Maybe they are looking for sensitive women’s health information. Escape Route can help protect against these uncomfortable or even dangerous situations.

With the Privacy Protection extension installed, quickly enable Escape Route by doing one of the following:

– Press the esc key 3 times to temporarily blur the current tab.

– Press the esc key 4 times to close the current tab and replace it with a new tab.

And just like that, everything you were looking at is gone. “It’s never been easier to protect the privacy of your computer screen, even at home,” said Startpage CEO Alexandra Kubiak. “Startpage has always offered tools to protect against online tracking, but we wanted to go further to physically protect our users anywhere – on an airplane, a library computer, or simply in a shared home environment.”

Escape Route is available for free in the latest version of the Startpage Privacy Protection extension ( on Firefox, Chrome and Edge. The extension also blocks creepy trackers/cookies and enables Startpage Private Search.

About the start page

Startpage is a leading privacy technology company founded in the Netherlands in 2006. Startpage created the world’s first and most private search engine that has grown to serve millions of users. They never track, log or share user data and search history, and they adhere to strict Dutch and EU privacy laws, including GDPR.

The company launched private search features such as “Anonymous View”, which allows users to browse other websites without being tracked, as well as “Startpage Privacy Protection”, a desktop browser extension that protects personal data users on the Internet.

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