Google may be the biggest and most popular search engine by far, but its data harvesting practices can leave a bad taste in your mouth. But it’s not the only search engine out there, and in fact, many of them can offer something that Google doesn’t: Privacy.
Here are some of the best alternatives to Google Search, with a collection of useful features and the option of remaining entirely anonymous, no matter what you’re looking for.
Startpage is a Dutch search engine that was officially launched in 2002 after being merged with its sister company, Ixquick. It has privacy as one of its unique selling points and promises that it doesn’t store your personal information. It also claims that it doesn’t track, log, or share your search history. Since Startpage doesn’t store your previously-searched data, it does not show targeted advertisements based on it. The ads that you see on the site are strictly contextual based on the keywords you use to search for something.
This privacy-oriented search engine also leverages an Anonymous View feature that allows you to perform searches through proxy for an extra layer of security. A primary reason behind Startpage not being as artificial intelligence (A.I.)-loaded as Google is because it is based in the Netherlands and is protected by the privacy laws of the European Union. Hence, it isn’t victim to programs such as PRISM, a surveillance program from the U.S.
However, it is important to note that the…