Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by lotuseclat79, May 10, 2012.
5 Alternative Search Engines That Respect Your Privacy.
Thanks. Blekko is new to me.
Here are a couple of others that weren't mentioned in the article:
Ever since I made the switch to DuckDuckGo, I don't care to use any other search engine. If you never used it before, I highly recommend on checking it out.
Can't, it's called DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo is my home page <3
I think I'm going to give DuckDuckGo a try. It's so simple and clean, it reminds me of Google in 1998.
PrivateLee is very good, I use it on occasion. It's actually a re-branded version of qrobe if anybody has used that. I think they're both still owned by qrobe.it
Like you, Casper, Blekky is new to me as well.
I worry about this space (the whole no logging search thing) getting crowded with operators who only claim privacy is a priority. The fact is, unless you know a little behind the people that run them (like we did with Scroogle and a couple of others) - we really don't know anything beyond what somebody writes on their web page.
I use Ixquick the majority of the time. I recently found out about DuckDuckGo here at Wilders so i'm starting to use them as well. I created a folder labeled Search Engines on my Bookmarks toolbar so I can instantly switch back, and forth between search engines with just a click. I use Privacy friendly first, and then go to google, Bing etc.. if I can't find what i'm looking for.
I've been using DDG for a long time though I do occasionally have to go to Google to get the results I want.
I've never had to do that. DDG uses Google search results anyway.
And you think that I'm paranoid ...
No, DDG doesn't use results from Google.
DDG uses results from Bing and a couple of others. See: http://help.duckduckgo.com/customer/portal/articles/216399-sources
My bad, I must be thinking of Start Page or Qrobe. It kinda makes sense for DDG not to use the Borg now that I think about it. I must say that I am still quite impressed with Qrobe though. I'm trying so many these days I must be getting them confused LOL.
I prefer to be slightly unsure how the data will be used (unknown search engine that claims to protect my privacy) rather than be sure that the data can be used even more badly than already stated officially (historic of fired/unfired bad employees from Google spying unauthorized data).
OTOH, Bing isn't unknown and Microsoft doesn't have such historic. I'm more comfortable using it.
But this doesn't mean that I use Bing as my primary search engine. lol
Here is a convenient way to include new Search Engine plugins in your Firefox Browser which is the easiest way to switch between search engines in a new browser tab:
1. The first thing to do is to include the MyCroft Project Search engine into your Firefox search engines:
a. Paste the following link into Firefox after copying it, or just click on it: http://mycroft.mozdev.org/search-engines.html?name=mycroft project
b. Click on the MyCroft Project plugin link to add it as a Search engine to Firefox
2. Set the MyCroft Project plugin to your Firefox search engine window (upper right-hand corner)
3. Clear the Firefox search window, create a new tab, and enter the name of any new Search engine, e.g. Blekko, and search for it at the MyCroft Project website.
4. When the MyCroft Project web page search results appear, e.g. for the Blekko search engine plugin, then do the same as you did in step 1a. above to set up Blekko's search engine plugin in your set of Firefox search engines.
I have at last count, 55 search engines of various kinds in my Firefox search engine set.
I've wondered why its results are sometimes better than Bings lol
I wonder which one's more secure as in private browsing- duck duck go or startpage.
How do I include a search engine like Duck Duck Go or Startpage in the search bar of my Firefox?
Should I use a add-on like Add to Search Bar 2.0
Yes, I use that. That Dr Evil bloke is brilliant. Once you have the search plug-in of any browser you can run searches with it from the run bar as default. Although you have to go into about:config & type browser.search.defaultenginename in the filter, then change 'Google' to whatever you want to replace it with in the dialogue box.
I thought using only that add-on should do the trick. But now it seems complicated with all tha about:config & type stuff.
Oh sorry mate. It is very simple to use Dr Evil's excellent extension. What I was trying to say (rather poorly) was that I had discovered a way of making any search engine you like to be the default (ie run in the URL bar) once you had the plug-in. Mozilla don't like you to be able to change to anything else easily (possibly due to the fact that they get a lot of wonga (££$$) from Google. Oddly, it is quite easy to change the default engine in Google Chrome (& also in SeaMonkey).
I'm sorry for the confusion. In my defence, I tend to drink powerful real ales towards the end of the week.
I particularly recommend you use Add to Search Bar with Context Search 0.4.6
See post #17 above.