Search Engines That Respect Privacy

This is a guest post by Kostas Chiotis.

Online privacy is more important than ever before to most internet users. From news about the government’s tracking of internet traffic to Facebook’s controversial Graph Search feature, personal privacy is a hot topic. To the average internet users, nothing threatens privacy more than the big search engines do. These companies integrate themselves into your online activity and keep track of everything you see and do.

Luckily, there are a number of great alternative search engines that are respectful of your right to browse the web without other eyes watching.

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How Search Engines Track You

There are two primary ways that the search engines track you – by cookies or through your account with the search engine.

Cookies are stored on your computer. They allow the search engine to specifically identify your device. This allows them to track your activity on their site and use it to customize your search results.

Today, most major search engines like Google and Yahoo track your browsing history while you’re logged into their services. This is as simple as being logged into Gmail or Yahoo’s mail service. With this information, the search engines can save your details and internet activity from one device to another.


Startpage

If you’re looking for a way to search Google without having to worry about your privacy, Startpage may be the answer. Startpage allows you to use their website as a proxy server – you enter your search on their website and they peruse Google for you. They return the results on their website and Google only sees requests coming from them – not you. This is great for fans of Google, or people who don’t like the results of Bing or other services.


SocialSu

In the search engine world, social searching is becoming increasingly popular. SocialSu allows its users to submit pages that they find highly informative and helpful. As people add more and more sites, SocialSu’s database continues to expand. Searchers also help improve results by ranking the pages they visit. This ensures only the top-quality sites are ranked highly. Rather than the way to traditional search engines index and rank sites using algorithms, SocialSu uses the human mind.


DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo prides itself on being a privacy-conscious search engine. The service doesn’t store any tracking information on your computer and keeps no record of your searching history. In fact, they don’t even store search record on their end - your IP address and any other identifying information is instantaneously deleted from their system.


Ixquick

At first glance, Ixquick looks a lot like Startpage. That’s because they’re owned by the same company. They even work in similar ways. The main different between the two websites are their search results. While Startpage runs your query through Google, Ixquick gathers results from a variety of different websites and resources. Ixquick is a great option for users who prefer other search engines like Bing or Yahoo over Google.

If you’re concerned about your online privacy, watch out for the search engines. Their business plans are based on knowing what you’re interested in so that they can better market to your wants and needs. To do this, they track a lot of personal information about you. If you want to avoid these violations of your privacy, take a look at a few of the privacy-friendly search engines listed above. Give them a try, and enjoy browsing the web with peace of mind.

Image courtesy of Akshayhallur (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

About the author
Kostas Chiotis is an is an entrepreneur and content marketing specialist. He contributes regularly on popular online marketing blogs and his personal blog OpportunitiesPlanet.com.

12 comments to "Search Engines That Respect Privacy"

Michelle April 3, 2014 at 9:55 PM    

While browsing online privacy protection is a big concern.Thanks for all this serach engine list.

Michelle April 3, 2014 at 9:56 PM    

While browsing online privacy protection is a big concern.Thanks for all this search engine list.

hafizmd April 4, 2014 at 1:07 AM    

good to read this. since online privacy so sensitive issue.

thanks for sharing!

Govtportal April 5, 2014 at 3:54 PM    

I don’t think it’s so much the collection of your data that bothers people, more that Google et al are shaping results based on your previous searches; this way you’re not getting ‘true’ results, just targetted ones (and targetted adverts of course)

As there is no “opt in” or “opt out” policy that I know of with Google etc, having the knowledge of what they collect (who actually knows!) and how to avoid this collection is appreciated.

Blogger Tips and Tricks 2014 April 5, 2014 at 11:01 PM    

Hi, Kostas Chiotis

I think it is really a good blog post, though its all about privacy, it is really important, I think that's why blogger offer private blogging.

Sandy Johnson April 7, 2014 at 12:55 PM    

The future of browsing lays in privacy. The smart search engine providers know this

Kris Aquino April 8, 2014 at 12:58 AM    

Thanks for this Lava

arman April 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM    

really ? thanks

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