Many of the popular search engines have a terrible record when it comes to privacy. For this reason, many people are now opting to use a private search engine instead.
So, I will show you the top 5 search engines that do not store your search queries or track you while you’re online and the top pick are the one I would bet most of you have never heard of.
The search engine is not much to look at but really shines after you do a search on the search results page. It automatically categorizes the search results, you can manually filter the results but there are 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 site 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 nice feature to have.
Swiss Cow may be the most interesting search engine. It uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to evaluate the context of a user search on their homepage.
Selecting the question mark to the right of the search box allows you to select a region to get more relevant search results.
Below the search box are some of the top trending searches, selecting any of these will open a new page.
With the search results after doing a search along the left you will find other words often associated with your initial search. This is a great way to filter your search results.
DuckDuckGo may be the most well known of the privacy focused search engines. They never store your personal information and they deliver results without tailored ads on their search 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 do on other search engines or you could use bangs which allow users to directly search other sites.
Now I’ll show you how do you use bangs.
- 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 and then hit enter on your keyboard.
- Instead of giving you the search results on DuckDuckGo, it will show you the results on the website and this is a cool feature.
The search engine uses the results from google without all the unnecessary tracking just like the other services mentioned. Start Page do not collect your search data which can be used to target you with online advertisements.
Normally, when you click on a link on any search engine your privacy and security is no longer protected. Start Page offers a proxy service instead of clicking the normal link. This can be easily achieved by selecting proxy and you’re invisible to the website. The websites can only see Start Page IP address not yours. If you end up clicking other links from that website the start page proxy will display those for you too.
The only downside of Start Page is that pages load slower than usual because it retrieve the contents and display them.
It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of other search engines but is the most secure which is the whole point of this article. It uses aes-256 encryption along with Secure Socket Layer encryption.
After you’re done searching your search terms, it can be only accessed by someone who has access to your 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. Always make sure you use one that doesn’t track you while you’re online.