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All data are sold, stored and water out. Therefore, I would like to talk about three search engines that are anonymous and therefore safe.

1. DuckDuckGo

What is it

DuckDuckGo is a fairly well-known open source search engine. Servers are located in the USA. In addition to its own robot, the search engine uses the results of other sources: Yahoo, Bing, "Wikipedia".

The better

DuckDuckGo positions itself as a search that provides maximum privacy and confidentiality. The system does not collect any data about the user, does not store logs (no search history), the use of cookies is as limited as possible.

Why do you need it

All major search engines try to personalize search results based on data about a person in front of the monitor. This phenomenon is called the “filter bubble”: the user sees only those results that are consistent with his preferences or that the system considers as such.DuckDuckGo creates an objective picture that does not depend on your past behavior on the Web, and eliminates Google-themed advertisements and Yandex-based advertisements based on your requests. Using DuckDuckGo, it is easy to search for information in foreign languages, while Google and Yandex, by default, prefer to local language sites, even if the query is entered in another language.

2. not Evil

What is it

not Evil is a search engine on the anonymous Tor network. To use, you need to go to this network, for example, by launching a specialized browser .Evil is not the only search engine of its kind. There are LOOK (search by default in the Tor-browser, is accessible from the usual Internet) or TORCH (one of the oldest search engines in the Tor-network) and others. We stopped at not Evil because of an unambiguous hint at Google (just look at the start page).

The better

Searches where Google, Yandex and other search engines are closed in principle.

Why do you need it

There are many resources on the Tor network that cannot be found on the law-abiding Internet. And their number will grow as authorities tighten their control over the content of the Network. Tor is a kind of network within the Network with its social networks, torrent trackers, media, trading platforms, blogs, libraries, and so on.

3. YaCy

What is it

YaCy is a decentralized search engine that works on the principle of P2P networks. Each computer on which the main program module is installed scans the Internet on its own, that is, it is analogous to a search robot. The results are collected in a common database that is used by all YaCy members.

The better

It’s hard to say whether this is better or worse, since YaCy is a completely different approach to search organization. The lack of a single server and company-owner makes the results completely independent of anyone's preferences. The autonomy of each node excludes censorship. YaCy is able to search the deep web and non-indexable public networks.

Why do you need it

If you are a supporter of open source software and free Internet, which is not subject to the influence of state bodies and large corporations, then YaCy is your choice. It can also be used to organize searches within a corporate or other autonomous network. And while YaCy is not very useful in everyday life, it is a worthy alternative to Google in terms of the search process.

4. Wolfram | Alpha

What is it

Wolfram | Alpha - computational search engine. Instead of links to articles containing keywords, it gives a ready-made response to the user's request. For example, if you type “compare the population of New York and San Francisco” in the search form in English, Wolfram | Alpha will immediately display tables and graphs with a comparison.

The better

This service is best suited for finding facts and calculating data. Wolfram | Alpha accumulates and organizes knowledge available on the Web from various fields, including science, culture and entertainment. If this database contains a ready response to a search query, the system displays it; if not, it calculates and displays the result. In this case, the user sees only the necessary information and nothing superfluous.

Why do you need it

If you are, for example, a student, an analyst, a journalist or a researcher, you can use Wolfram | Alpha to find and calculate data related to your activity. The service does not understand all requests, but is constantly evolving and getting smarter.

 

P.S.  I use it myself DuckDuckGo. And I am very pleased, at least I want to believe myself that I am in a private space. Recommend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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