lucy24 - 9:58 pm on Mar 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
Check from a public IP such as a library or internet cafe. They'll still know your location, but they'll be hard pressed to nail down any further preferences :)
I have always assumed that unqualified references to ranking mean Google.
Whew. So did I, but was afraid to say anything for fear I'd betray horrible ignorance.