It is no more news that search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo take a record of your internet search activities. These search engines track your search history and the data gathered from it could be sold to advertisers who tailor ads based on your interest and preferences.
Recently evidence has emerged that National Security Agency NSA snoops on data collected by search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing and this has lead to a spike in traffic for private search engines. Private search engines do not track your online activities or collect any data like some major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.
With private search engines you are protected from NSA surveillance and spying or selling your private data to advertisers for their advertisement campaigns. In this article I want to introduce you to some private search engines that respect your privacy.
These private search engines don’t track your activities, does not store your IP address, record your searches and protects you from NSA surveillance and spying. Below is my curated list of private search engines.
If you have privacy concerns about Google, Bing and Yahoo you may consider using any of these private search engines. With these search engines your search activities remains private, your IP address and geographical location are not recorded, no tracking cookies are used.
The good thing is that some of these private search engines actually use Google for their searches but acts as intermediary to protect your privacy. When you use these private search engines to search for something, it stripes your query of all identifying information and submits it to Google anonymously, and relays the result to you through their own search result page.
Do you know of other private search engines? Do you use private search engines? Which of the listed private search engines have you used? Let me hear your views on private search engines and the privacy concerns of search engine users. Remember to subscribe to my blog.
Kaloyan Banev says
I read about the “Duck”, 2 years ago. Well, realistically Google don’t track anybody personally more like age groups, groups of interests, etc.. Nothing to worry too much about.
Ryan Biddulph says
Fascinating. Big brother is watching all over the world. Having other options can help you surf the web snoop-free.
Thanks for sharing Nwosu!
Robert Singh says
Looks pretty cool than other search engines. I’ll surely try this cool search engine once to search for daily things I guess.
Thanks for share
Can there really be Internet anonymity? Even these private search engines act as intermediaries, there are risks of data being shared without solicitation. However, its good to know that there are search engines out there that one can be “trusted” to hide ones privacy.
A good list you have here Desmond. I have never even thought of them their role to help respect privacy of personal information.
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Nate Leung says
This is very interesting. Google always have their ways since they are the king of all search engines. Thanks for sharing!
marilyn cada says
this the first time i heard about private search engines. people who are concern about their privacy may opt to choose using these engines. since they are also using google, perhaps the way to acquire a good rank in their pages is through acquiring first ten pages of google search engine
Frank Joseph says
It is already known that google and co track users and am glad there are others that don’t, but unfortunately a lot of people don’t know about them,
Thank you for the list Nwosu/\
This is really funny. The fact that we are being tracked with respect to every move one makes on the web.
I have seen Duck Duck GO before but let be sincere, are these search engines more effective than Google and the rest?
Nwosu Mavtrevor says
These search engines offer you search from Google but stripe your search query of any information it may have of you before sending it over to Google search and returns answer for you on their own page.
I have not heard about this search engines except duck and blekko.Each search engines which has own result listing between great to know them
Shahzad Saeed says
I don’t feel like that tracking is a bad thing, though… If Google checks what all the pages you are interested in they could better come up with greater search results. But definitely it should not destroy our privacy online.
thanks for sharing
Arun Kallarackal says
Yes, the allegations against Google for compromising the privacy of its users makes me uncomfortable. Yes, Google has an excuse that it relies on ‘tracking’ to improve user experience. But, ultimately, the thought of some folks having the powers to see through my privacy is disturbing!
That’s a impressive list that you made! I appreciate the hard work you put in!