In the wake of the Facebook scandal with Cambridge Analytica, many users are finally starting to pay attention to their online privacy. You have probably heard the stories of people closing down their accounts because of it. However, those are the same people that ignore an obvious source of other privacy issues. When performing a web search, most people still use the biggest search engine in the world. We’ll give you a hint, it starts with a G. There is a way to protect your privacy while searching for something, but it involves using other options. In this post, we will provide you with the top 5 secure search engines that respect your privacy and a little bit about them. Let’s take a look at them now.
DuckDuckGo – general search engine – By far, this is the most popular secure search engine. DuckDuckGo gives the user fast search results without the tailored ads. Additionally, the CEO of DDG has publicly stated “if the FBI comes to us, we have nothing to tie back to you.” Searches are mostly sourced from Yahoo. However, you can search other sites directly by using “bangs”. This is a great option and it serves more than 10 million searches a day. Additionally, you can add an extension to your browser to make it easy to find. The Yahoo network sources some minimal ads, but they are not overwhelming.
SearchEncrypt – general search engine – Another great option for searching. This one is a good choice because it uses AES-256 encryption locally to protect your data. Not only does that protect you from being spied on by the search engine, it protects you if someone intercepts your data externally. It serves millions of searches a day and continues to increase in popularity.
StartPage – general search engine – Though it is enhanced by the major search engine we mentioned earlier, this one operates differently. It offers the normal search results you would typically expect from Google. It gathers its results by using a proxy. As with using a VPN, it will help you by masking your IP address and location. It lists itself as the most private search engine and it is easy to see why. This is a very good option if you miss your favorite search engine or you are trying to protect yourself more.
WolframAlpha – computational search engine – This search engine is a bit different because it provides you more with facts. For example, if you want to find out the distance from earth to the moon, this search engine will quickly give you the information. It does not keep track of the information you ask. Since it is computational, it does not have many opportunities to track you anyway.
Qwant – general search engine – Qwant is a private search engine company that is based in Europe. There is not much information on this one except they state “never tries to guess who you are or what you are doing.” That makes it yet another great option to use if you are trying to protect your privacy.
The search engines we mentioned above are the most popular choices of the current field. That said, the number of choices increases every day. Though we did not mention all of them, some have extensions you can use to make your searches quicker. All of these will work to help you protect your privacy and make sure your information is secured.