Best Search Engines for Privacy

Hey, when you search for something on your computer or online–it’s your business, right? Well, actually, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Bing want to make your business their business.  Your privacy is at stake.

Why are Search Engines Tracking Your Searches?

Mostly they want to sell you stuff or sell stuff about you to other people who want to sell you stuff.  Some people actually love the way Google makes the search experience not-private. They like the way it follows their moves and then–by predicts and serves them information they want–sometimes before they even ask!   I’ve got details in a vlog here.

Google It

Google is the go-to site for most people when they search the web.  But all that great instant info comes at a price: Your privacy. Google  saves your search history, reads your email in Gmail and gives your boss the details , keeps everything you say to “OK Google,” and even records everywhere you and your smartphone or computer go! Google tracks your web visits and the youtube’s you watch.

You can erase all that history–BUT, they may have already accessed it so why give it to them in the first place?

Google’s Not the Only Search Engine Watching You . . .

Unfortunately, Yahoo and Bing  are tracking, recording and analyzing your private internet search moves too. Microsoft has bundled Bing search results together with Cortana, in Windows 10. I’ve got steps to turn her off at the end, but you can read all about this nosy lady here .

Meanwhile, you’ve got options:

Yippy Yea Yea

This search engine works by searching all the other search engines and then supplying results.  The privacy policy says it doesn’t ask for any personally identifiable information or use cookies to track you.  It does however, require cookies to work properly.  When I disabled cookies, it kept saying my session expired.

Here’s what search results look like in Yippy:

Not always Quick, Yet I like Ixquick

With IxQuick Search via proxy,  that way sites won’t know your real IP address.

I actually thought this search experience was pretty cool: The search results look like Google, but you can filter by time–so you find the most recent results for your search.

Ixquick’s Three Ways To Search

Click and you’ll go straight to the web page you’ve searched.  Like always, specific sites can track, leave cookies etc.

But with Ixquick, you can visit and remain invisible by clicking the Proxy option.  It took a moment to load and didn’t load the photo- and see how it says startpage on top–that’s because the site only see’s Ixquik’s IP address.  Coolio!

Choose “Highlight” and you’ll get this:

Duck Duck Go

Use Duck Duck Go with cookies enabled or without.  Privacy policy says they don’t use personally identifiable info. Like Google, you get Web, Images, Videos and News and you can filter by time, adult content and region.

With no ads served to you, this video explains how Duck Duck Go stays in business.

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