5 Alternatives To Google Search That Don't Suck

Google's search engine has become a verb in the same way as 'hoovering' became a synonym for vacuuming and 'xeroxing' meant photocopying. But not everyone wants to put all their data in Google's basket. There are lots of alternatives to Google when it comes to search. Here are a few.

DuckDuckGo

I've looked at DuckDuckGo before. It's big benefit over Google is that it is very privacy focussed.

Five DuckDuckGo Tricks You Should Know

DuckDuckGo has been building a reputation as the "go to" search engine for folks who are privacy conscious. Unlike many other search engines, DuckDuckGo doesn't track you or keep records of what you've been searching for. But aside from being privacy focused, what else does DuckDuckGo bring to the table? Here are our tips and tricks.

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Getting it to limit results to Australia is interesting - it's does a poor job at that. But for the majority of searches it works just fine. I tend to use the "site:" option a lot to find data at specific places as it works more effectively than the search tools on most web sites.


Bing

If nothing else, Microsoft's Bing looks a lot prettier than Google and most of the others.

Although it's not privacy focussed, you can tweak the preferences so the ads you see are better targeted and it also boasts its own mobile apps for iOS and Android.


Search Encrypt

If privacy is what you want, then Search Encrypt is worth a look.

It takes online tracking prevention seriously by blocking online trackers and using local encryption to secure your searches. It uses AES-256 bit encryption with Secure Sockets Layer encryption so your searches and other web activities are secure as well as hiding them from other users who have access to your computer.


Wolfram Alpha

Back in the old days, search engines worked by having humans curate content rather than spidering the web and caching lots of content. Wolfram Alpha uses a combination of curation with a mathematical model that generates search results that are computational facts.

For example, if I look up "Australia", rather than getting a list of websites about our country, I get a bunch of data about Australia; things like land mass, population and demographic information.


Start Page

While Google's search results are often considered the best, people are concerned about being tracked by the search giant. Start Page pays Google to access its results but strips away all the trackers.

So, you get great search results without having your search history become a tool to track you and target you with ads. And, it also includes the "Anonymous View" feature. If you click on a search result you can visit the site in full privacy. The sire will never know you were there. You’ll find the feature next to every search result.


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    I alternate between Startpage and Search Encrypt. I don't want one single company to know about everything I search for. This article (https://choosetoencrypt.com/search-engines/duckduckgos-biggest-privacy-flaw/) points out that DuckDuckGo has some privacy issues that it fails to address. While StartPage and Search Encrypt keep your searches private when you've finished searching, DuckDuckGo leaves your search term in your browser history and in your URL.

    DuckDuckGo has poor options - the "Australia" option doesn't work very well for example, can't seem to search on a site-only basis, etc.

      Oh I dunno, I use DDG exclusively every day and I've had very few issues with Australian content. Their !Bang system helps and I just ad AU or even Australia to the search to get tighter control.

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