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4 privacy-protecting search engine alternatives

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

23 May 2014

This week, Google overtook Apple to become the world’s most valuable brand. This is no coincidence; Google have been engaged in a direct objective to take over the world bit by bit, and many feel that they have also abandoned their famous “Don’t be evil” company motto.

But whether or not you’ve jumped off the Google train entirely, there are many reasons that you might be looking for an alternative search engine to Google. If you’re concerned about your online privacy, you might feel uncomfortable with how much of your information Google seems to retain. Regardless of your reasons, here are 4 Google alternatives that help you to maintain your online security.




Duck Duck Go

Out of all the search engines on this list, you’re most likely to have heard of Duck Duck Go. With a simple, straightforward design and incredible search capabilities, this is the most Googley of the Google alternatives. Duck Duck Go is dedicated to maintaining your online privacy and won’t retain any of your information when you use it.



This Dutch search engine uses encryption to protect the people using it, and has a no-log policy, meaning that your browsing is kept safe and secure. Ixquick doesn’t even log your IP address, meaning that this is one of the most secure ways to search the web!



A favourite amongst the tech set, WolframAlpha is focused towards maths and science subjects and search results. Statistics, numerical data, scientific calculations – it’s all there in a totally secure geek paradise. This isn’t a full-service search engine, but it’s well run and won’t impact on your personal security.


SurfEasy Private Browser

The SurfEasy Private Network protects your identity online by never sharing your IP address with the web sites you visit. Many search engines use your IP address to determine your physical location and present local search results. To show local results while protecting your privacy, SurfEasy Private Local Search determines your approximate geographic location using your IP address and passes the name of your nearest City or Region to Google to present local results. This lets you see local search results without exposing your IP address. In other words SurfEasy hides your IP address from search engines.

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