Many popular search engines have a terrible track record when it comes to privacy. This has led to millions of users researching viable alternatives to Google and Yahoo. After Facebook’s controversial customer data leak, people are becoming increasingly wary of how their data is being tracked. Below is a list of the top five search engines that don’t track your behavior.
Our number one pick is Search Erypt, while it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of other search engines it is secure and reliable. Search Erypt uses aes-256 encryption along with Secure Sockets Layer encryption and after you’re done searching, your search history will expire which is useful if users are sharing the same computer. Other than the non-targeted ads, the search results are typical of what you would find on other search engines. Whether you use Search Encrypt or one of the many search engines that are available just make sure to find one that doesn’t track user activity.
The second best web browser is StartPage. They generate results from Google without all the unnecessary tracking. Similarly to other services mentioned below, they do not collect your data which can be used to target you later advertisements. Normally, when you click on a link on any search engine, your privacy and security is no longer protected. StartPage offers a proxy service, instead of clicking the normal link, select proxy to the right. By selecting proxy you’re invisible to the website, they only see StartPages IP address, not yours. If you end up clicking other links from that website, the browsers proxy will display those for you too. The only downside to this is that pages load slower than usual because StartPage must retrieve the contents and re-display them.
DuckDuckGo is a popular privacy focused browser that never stores your personal information and they deliver results without tailored ads on their pages. The CEO of DuckDuckGo once said, “if the FBI comes to us, we have nothing to tie back to you”. Of course you can do a search in the typical way like you typically do or you could use Bangs which allow users to directly search other sites. First enter an exclamation mark, followed by the website code, if you don’t see your website listed just type in the full name of the site, followed by a space and your search query, then hit enter. Instead of giving you the search results on DuckDuckGo they will show you the results on the website you specified. This is a cool feature more search engines should be using in 2018.
Yippys search engine doesn’t look very appealing visually but really shines after you start using it regularly. The search results page is automatically categorized these search results and you can manually filter the results along the left with several categories to choose from. Selecting the plus sign next to any of these categories will reveal subcategories that you can select, to further refine your search. Just like any other search engine, selecting a result will open that web page in the current window. There’s an option to open the link in a new window which will actually open a new tab and selecting preview will open that page just below the search result, which is a great feature to have.
Swiss Cows is an interesting search browser as it uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to evaluate the context of a users search. On their home page, selecting the question mark to the right of the search box allows you to select a region to receive more relevant results. Below the search box are some of the top trending searches, selecting any of these will open a new page with new search results. After doing a search along the left, you will find other words often associated with your initial search.
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