SEARCH ENGINES THAT DON'T TRACK YOU

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Using many Google products entails the risk that the company may combine your data from different sources: emails, videos, visited websites, searches, etc. Google stores your search history: what terms you searched for and which link you visited from the results.

But there are other search engines which do not store your search history and which links you click: for example DuckDuckGo https://duckduckgo.com/, or StartPage https://www.startpage.com/. DuckDuckGo uses its own search algorithm to deliver search results which are different from those found by Google. StartPage allows a user to receive Google search results anonymously: it transfers the search terms to Google without any identifying information such as the location of the person conducting the search. As a consequence, the results take slightly longer to appear and will be less personalized, as the search doesn’t take into account previous searches and sites which were opened.

HOW TO CHANGE THE DEFAULT SEARCH ENGINE

Chrome

Go to the website of the search engine you would like to set as your default (DuckDuckGo https://duckduckgo.com, StartPage https://www.startpage.com/) and click Set as your default search engine or Add to Chrome and follow the instructions.

Afterwards, go to Settings – Search in the browser. Clicking Manage search engines will show you a list of the search engines from which you can choose. This will be the new search engine for Chrome to use when you search by typing in the address bar.

Firefox

In Preferences – Search select DuckDuckGo from the list of default search engines.

To set StartPage, go to the page and click Add to Firefox, then follow the instructions. Afterwards, go to Preferences – Search and select StartPage.

Safari

In Preferences – Search choose you can choose DuckDuckGo directly.

To set StartPage, go to the page and click Add to Safari, then follow the instructions. Afterwards, go to Preferences – Search and select StartPage.