These search engines can help you find the answers to your questions on the internet. What sets these apart from the biggest search engines is these search engines’ commitments to privacy. Google and other major search engines store complete data profiles about you to advertise to you on the search engines and other sites you visit.
Ghostpeek is a recently launched private search engine looking to establish itself as the leading alternative to Google search. Ghostpeek doesn’t tie your searches back to your identity or use your search history to serve you targeted ads. It keeps your searches in encrypted form so that it’s difficult for anyone else to see what you’ve searched for. After you’ve finished searching
DuckDuckGo has established itself as a big name in the search engine space. While it doesn’t offer the high-level encryption associated with the rest of these search engines, its main goal is to avoid the tracking that mainstream search engines use.
DuckDuckGo has now processed over 37 billion searches, and recently set a record by seeing 49.9 million searches in a single day.
Startpage has been in the private search business for nearly two decades. Startpage uses Google’s search results without the tracking typically associated with Google’s services. Startpage began as Ixquick, which was a search engine without the privacy protection that Startpage now offers. Ixquick stopped tracking user IP addresses to protect users from Google’s tracking. In 2016, Ixquick and Startpage merged into Startpage.com, to avoid any confusion of the two brands.
Qwant is a privacy-friendly search engine based in France. Its site says that Qwant “never tries to guess who you are or what you’re doing.” Qwant doesn’t record your searches or use your data for advertising or other purposes. Qwant’s Qwick search shortcuts let you search other websites directly from Qwant.
Searx.me is unique because it is completely open-source. Hardcore privacy advocates like Searx for this reason. Other search engines, even privacy-focused ones could potentially have hidden tracking that isn’t 100 percent privacy-friendly. With Searx, people can verify all the privacy claims in the source code.
Why Do Private Search Engines Matter?
There is no reason to hand over all of your search history to your search engine. The tracking that has become so prevalent does people a disservice by trapping them in “filter bubbles”. While Google can predict which search results you’re likely to click on, it isolates you from information which may conflict with your opinions or ideologies.