Privacy is Key Feature of Free Search Engines
If you haven’t tried a new search engine in awhile, you might want to look into a couple that are beginning to catch on with searchers concerned with privacy as well as reliable results. DuckDuckGo (DDG) is making a splash in the press as well as among those who follow tech trends. Recently featured in a lengthy Washington Post article, DuckDuckGo, named after the children’s game Duck, Duck Goose, has seen dramatic traffic according to Ghacks.net .
Another search engine promoting user privacy is Startpage.com. Startpage aims to provide Google-powered results anonymously, via a proxy. Introduced on January 28, 2010, International Data Privacy Day, Startpage describes itself as a “free, innovative proxy service that allows users to surf the web with complete privacy. The proxy lets users browse websites safely and anonymously, without passing on any private, personally identifiable information to the websites they view.” The proxy feature works along with the Startpage search engine.
When users perform a search, they will find a clickable “proxy” option below each search result. When this option is selected, Startpage acts as an intermediary to retrieve the page and display it in a privacy-protected Startpage window.…The proxy offers complete anonymity, since the user never makes direct contact with the third-party website. The user’s IP address is invisible to the viewed website. In addition, the website cannot see or place cookies on the user’s browser.