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Three Google Search Alternatives that Don’t Invade Your Privacy

Did you know that every time you perform a search on the Internet, you’re being tracked? All of the big companies do this. Google is the most notorious, but Bing, Yahoo and AOL are all equally involved. Try out these alternatives so you’re not tracked.

Tracking information collected about you is used to build back-end user profiles. These profiles weren’t initially designed for anything malicious, just to sell you customized search results and ads. But, what is done with this information has become increasingly ambiguous.

Search Engines Watch Every Site you visit from them, and every search you perform on them

If you haven’t read already, Duck Duck Go provides an easy to follow trailmap of what happens to data harvested on the average search user everyday. Read it here. But this data is also used to to personalize your search results, and the end result is a censored internet. Duck Duck Go has another groovy page on that here.

Are you concerned enough about your privacy to make a change in which search provider you use? Below are three alternatives to Google and Bing that don’t harvest anything about you. When you use one of these search engines, they act as a proxy between you, the source engine, and the website that it takes you to. Overall, your privacy is protected at the small expense of missing out only a few features you might otherwise have had. Each pro-privacy search engine guarantees the following:

  • SSL Encrypted Searches (can be disabled in user preferences)
  • IP address not recorded
  • No tracking or identifying cookies
  • No searches or activity stored

Start Page


Start page is a privacy minded search engine that uses Google to pull in results. But, rather than Google receiving your IP, search terms, and placing tracking cookies on you; Start page acts as an information laundering middle-man. By default SSL is enabled, so searches might seem a bit slow. Javascript is also disabled and several Google search functions will not work through Start Page. However, if anonymous Google search results are what you want, Start Page delivers.

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If you’d prefer results from multiple search engines, ixquick provides them. Being the same company that runs Start Page, don’t expect things to be much different from an interface perspective. Ixquick doesn’t exactly show you which search engines it uses to pull results, but Google and Bing are among them. Ixquick is also designed to pull localized results dependent upon which language you use to search.

Duck Duck Go

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Duck Duck Go is probably the most feature rich of the privacy-oriented search engine. Like Ixquick, Duck Duck Go pulls results from other search engines. But unfortunately, Google is not one of them. Instead, results from Duck Duck Go are more likely to feel like you are searching Bing. Duck Duck Go also has the most simple interface, and I’ve noticed performance on it doesn’t lag behind as much as its Ixquick contenders.

Overall each search engine provides a groovy alternative. While it’s true, your bank and credit card company know much more about you, does everyone else on the web need to also? Many don’t think so, and Ixquick recently announced that over 2 million searches are performed through it’s network of sites on a daily basis.

Do you have another great privacy minded search engine you like to use? Let us know if another deserves a spot on the top list by shouting it out in the comments below.

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6 Responses to Three Google Search Alternatives that Don’t Invade Your Privacy

  1. Brian Burgess June 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    My favorite out of these is Duck Duck Go … I want to take a week and just use it and see what happens. Dunno if I could do it, I am so married to Google as most people are.

  2. ShockerSH June 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Where does DuckDuckGo get its data? From other search engines?

    • Austin Krause June 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

      Yup. It acts as proxy between you and multiple other search engines.

      From the site help pages:

      DuckDuckGo gets its results from over 50 sources, including DuckDuckBot (our own crawler), crowd-sourced sites (in our own index), Yahoo! BOSS,, WolframAlpha, EntireWeb, Bing & Blekko.

  3. Joe February 4, 2015 at 2:23 am #

    Which one is more secured Duckduckgo or ixquick? what is the difference between ixquick and start page?

  4. Akashic Vizion June 22, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    The former “”, now just, does a great job of returning results without doing any more tracking than IE or Firefox does as far as History goes– I hated when they fired Jeeves; he did a really good job!!

  5. Lee Ulery November 24, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    Well i a m glad you telling everyone bout this but your just like a car salesman. He’ll tell you anything to make the sell. Just like you, you can say anything bout duck duck go but how in the hell do i know this shit ain’t being printed off in Obamas office?? (A bit of sarcasm) But foreal how do i know you are any better than google?? Guess what you don’t know that. You can say whatever you want. Some people will fall for this asap but I don’t trust anyone except myself.

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