Anonymous search engine: review and comparison of the best

Anonymous search engine: review and comparison of the best

Unlike Google, Yandex and others, where all your queries are stored, processed and analyzed, anonymous search engines do not store your Internet activity.

By the way, you can view all your Google queries using the service “My activity”. There you can also find your other traces left in the network. In the same way the history of activity in Yandex.



Well, and finally about cookies, i.e. cookies. Persistent cookies in anonymous search engines are saved only if the default settings are changed – for example, if you set the interface language DuckDuckGo or Ixquick interface theme. None of the alternative anonymous search engines uses a user ID in cookies.

And Google does this at every request. It dynamically uses numerous permanent cookies with IDs to process the IP address in order to accurately identify the user. What did you think?

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Let us start with the search engine Yacy, and not because it is the best, but because it is original. YaCy is a decentralized search engine. It works on the principle of peer-to-peer P2P networks. Something like everyone’s favorite Torrent.



In the YaCy network, every computer with special software installed is part of a search robot – a crawler. After each collection of information, the robot sends data to a common database, which is used by members of the search engine YaCy.

The fact that the search engine does not have a single server and owner makes the search results independent of the preferences of intermediaries. All search results are uncensored. Of course, this is not always a good thing, I would remove some of the things on the Internet, but freedom of speech lovers will love it.

It can also be used to organize a search engine in corporate networks. And not insignificant factor is the ability to search in DeepWeb, although specialized tools are better suited for this purpose (link at the beginning of the article).

The main features of Yacy:.

  • Decentralized search engine

At the moment, the most serious disadvantage of Yacy is its speed.

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The next hero is a duck DuckDuckGo. Only the lazy one hasn’t heard about this search engine, because it is considered the most anonymous and is the most popular search engine among all such. Deservedly of course, but I would not hurry to give him the gold for first place.

Let’s find out what DuckDuckGo is and why it is so popular. So popular that even the Tor developers put it in the Firefox browser as the default search engine.

DuckDuckGo was founded by Gabriel Weinberg in 2006. The most important advantage of the search engine, along with a high level of anonymity and security, is the relevance of the search output. It finds information well, not perfect as Yandex and Google, but good. In addition, among the significant advantages, I will note the speed of work.

Just like Google, search DuckDuckGo lives by advertising, but unlike the first works on a different principle. During the formation and display of advertising blocks it does not take into account the history of search queries, but only the keywords used by the user.

In addition to its main search index, DuckDuckGo draws information from its big brothers: Yahoo, Google and Bing, and so by the way he does.

The search engine in the work between client and server by default uses the HTTPS protocol with the AES encryption algorithm and a key length of 128 bits.

General DuckDuckGo: features.

  • Secure SSL/PFS encryption standard.
  • Servers are in America.
  • There are apps for Android and iOS
  • Don’t save search history such as: IP address and sensitive data.
  • Does not pass on confidential data to third parties.
  • Don’t save user ID in Cookies.
  • Does not track third party cookies.
  • This is the mobile version of the site
  • This is a misprint recognition system
  • The ability to disable ads display
  • Interface of the site can be changed to Russian

In general, the search engine works very well, has a lot of settings to help in the work, and in terms of anonymity and security, all very well.

Anonymous Search Engine
Search engine Ixquick was founded by David Bodnikin in 1998. Since 2000 it belongs to the Dutch company Surfboard Holding BV.

Ixquick.com is the first search engine to remove confidential data from its users. IP addresses and other personal information of users are deleted 48 hours after the search.

Also, the search engine has an interesting chip “Proxy mode”. This function works as follows. Next to each site in the search box is a button “Proxy”, by clicking on which you get information from the site anonymously – robot Startpage will go to the page you are looking for, then download it and display it to you.

General Ixquick: features.

  • Secure SSL/PFS encryption standard.
  • Servers are in the Netherlands.
  • There are apps for Android and iOS.
  • Don’t save search history/IP address/confidential data.
  • Does not pass on confidential data to third parties.
  • Don’t save user ID in Cookies.
  • Does not track third party cookies.

A worthy competitor of DuckDuckGo. In some ways even better. Of the disadvantages, I can only point out one – there is no way to change the language of the site interface. That is, there is such a possibility, but there is no Russian among the possible languages yet.

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The search engine Startpage is another Ixquick project. The difference between the Ixquick search engine and the Startpage search engine is one thing. The latter uses only Google’s results in a search, but just like Ixquick does not save IP addresses, removes identifying information from user search queries and sends impersonal, anonymous information to Google.

Startpage also has a free anonymous web proxy, through which the user can open websites using their proxy service and search for pictures and videos anonymously.

The search engine in the work between client and server by default uses the HTTPS protocol with AES encryption algorithm and a 128-bit key.

General Startpage: features.

  • Secure SSL/PFS encryption standard.
  • Servers are in the Netherlands.
  • There are apps for Android and iOS.
  • Don’t save search history such as: IP address and sensitive data.
  • Does not pass on confidential data to third parties.
  • Don’t save user ID in Cookies.
  • Does not track third party cookies.

A worthy competitor of DuckDuckGo, but Ixquick is better. As with Ixquick, there is no way to change the interface language of the site. There is everything, but not Russian.

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Search engine eTools.ch is another online service that positions itself as anonymous. Let’s find out how anonymous it is. So, eTools.ch does not have its own index and ranking algorithms, search results are taken from other services: Ask, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Yandex, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Google, etc.

eTools.ch uses HTTPS protocol by default in work between client and server.

General features of eTools.ch:

  • PFS encryption standard
  • Don’t save search history such as: IP address and sensitive data.
  • Does not pass on confidential data to third parties.
  • Don’t save user ID in Cookies.

Compared to DuckDuckGo and Ixquick, things are much worse. eTools.ch keeps permanent and tracking Cookies of third parties.

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Privatelee is not the most popular service. Search output is generated by mastering your index. The quality of search output is far from ideal. With the help of Power Search filters you can add the results of search output of Google, Ask and Bing.
There are almost no settings. Next to each site you can see a WOT rating icon. Yes friends, you did not hear, the developers of the search engine apparently do not know that the Web of Trust spying on users

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This review does not include other anonymous search engines, as they do not have such rich functionality. It makes no sense to make a review for each of them, but it is not bad to know that there are such systems.

  • Hulbee Anonymous Search Engine
  • Lukol

Search Engine Anonymous

  • Yippy

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  • Anonymous search engine Disconnect Search

I will finish by answering one of the main questions.

When is the justification for using an anonymous search engine?

If you’re looking for something you wouldn’t want the world wide web to know about!

In all others it is better to use conventional search engines, such as Yandex and Google. To date, the quality of search output of these search giants is much better than any anonymous search engine.

Low anonymity is a payment for the use of leading search ranking technologies, which try their best to prevent fraudulent or low-quality sites from getting to the top. In this world you have to pay for everything, sometimes with money and sometimes with information.

 



WARNING! All links in the articles may lead to malicious sites or contain viruses. Follow them at your own risk. Those who purposely visit the article know what they are doing. Do not click on everything thoughtlessly.


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