Protect your user privacy in the Ubuntu Dash

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If you are using Ubuntu, each time you start typing in Dash your search terms get sent to a variety of third parties, some of which advertise to you.

Since this is a massive intrusion into your privacy, you should turn it off.


Here is how to protect your user privacy in the Ubuntu Dash:

  • Make sure that the program gsettings is installed.
  • Copy the following code into your terminal(bash), press enter and enter your password:
gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses remote-content-search none;
if [ "`/usr/bin/lsb_release -rs`" \< '13.10' ]; 
then sudo apt-get remove -y unity-lens-shopping; 
else gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses disabled-scopes "['more_suggestions-amazon.scope',
'more_suggestions-u1ms.scope', 'more_suggestions-populartracks.scope',
'music-musicstore.scope', 'more_suggestions-ebay.scope',
'more_suggestions-ubuntushop.scope', 'more_suggestions-skimlinks.scope']";
fi;
echo | sudo tee -a /etc/hosts;
echo 127.0.0.1 productsearch.ubuntu.com | sudo tee -a /etc/hosts;


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