Choosing a Search Engine
If you are using a search engine like Google, Bing or Yahoo, you should consider changing your default search engine to a more privacy-minded search engine:
- searx is an open-source metasearch engine, aggregating the results of other search engines while not storing information about its users. No logs, no ads and no tracking.
- StartPage provides Google search results, with complete privacy protection. Behind StartPage is an european company that has been obsessive about privacy since 2006.
- DuckDuckGo is the self-proclaimed search engine that doesn’t track you. Some of DuckDuckGo’s code is free software hosted on GitHub. However, the core is proprietary and the company is based in the USA.
- findx is an open-source, no-logging and no-tracking search engine with transparent algorithms hosted in Europe.
- Qwant was launched in France in February 2013 with two principles: no user tracking and no filter bubble.
- MetaGer is an open-source metasearch engine based in Germany with focus on the user’s privacy.
- ixquick returns the top results from multiple search engines and is based in the Netherlands.
Getting more Privacy from a non-privacy-based Search Engine
Sometimes Google just gives you better, more personalized results, so it’s understandable that you’d still want to use it — at least sometimes.
However, if you do use such a search engine, I recommend using the open-source Search Link Fix Extension by Wladimir Palant, which replaces the tracker links on Google and Yandex’ result pages with the destination link. This is not only helpful for privacy, but also if you want to quickly share a result. However, this does not prevent the search engines from tracking your search queries.
If you want Google to stop tracking your queries, you can disable it here.