Safer Internet Searches

Alternative Engines

Article from Issue 249/2021

If you are interested in data privacy, you might want to try an alternative search engine. We discuss a few search engines that serve up good results, along with an option for setting up your own search engine.

A majority of users rely on Google to find information on the Internet. Although convenient, Google can expose your personal information. Your searches result in companies tracking your online activities and then bombarding you with targeted advertising.

The privacy concerns alone might make you want to consider an alternative search engine, but there are other reasons you might consider another option. What if you want to include a search service on your personal network or website? By integrating an alternative search engine into your network or website, you can make it easier for people to find your information, while maintaining your independence from the big search giants like Google.

Luckily, there are several alternative search engines that give excellent results regardless of your motivation.


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