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DuckDuckGo, for example, is a direct competitor to the search giant and guarantees not to track user clicks to personalize advertising. There is also Ecosia, which donates part of the money obtained from advertising to plant trees. Check out the following list of nine search engines that directly rival Google.
Qwant, Ecosia, Swisscows and WolframAlpha are interesting search engines that serve as an alternative to Google – Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
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Search Encrypt (searchencrypt.com) is a search engine that values privacy and does not track users’ searches. With encryption that goes beyond HTTPS (SSL encryption), the engine offers confidentiality and does not store search history, preventing any retrieval of information about searches.
Like most search engines, the tool has search filters for images, videos, news and maps, and also helps to minimize the effect of «filter bubbles», a direct consequence of personalized search results.
With encryption and an objective design, Search Encrypt is a great search engine – Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Qwant (qwant.com) is a French search engine that also does not track user searches or use their personal data for advertising purposes. Thus, the tool is fully in accordance with the European privacy law GDPR (General Data Privacy Regulation).
In addition to doing research dissociated from the users’ IP, the tool also has a beautiful and modern look that highlights the results on the web, the news, images and videos in the central part, while the column on the right shows what was found in social networks.
Qwant is an efficient search engine with a very nice look – Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
With a minimalist and practical look, Boardreader (boardreader.com) is a specialized search engine that brings in its search results only content published on forums and message boards.
Thus, despite not having privacy protections, the tool is very convenient to search for information, doubts or opinions published by ordinary users on any type of subject, without necessarily being specialists.
Boardreader is a search engine that exclusively presents forum results – Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Ecosia (ecosia.org) is a search engine that donates part of its advertising profits to plant trees. Currently, the tool has more than 11 million active users and has already planted more than 49 million trees.
Launched in 2009, the search engine also has image, news and video filters and, according to its administrators, it does not store or track users’ research records or sell their data to advertisers.
With an environmental commitment, Ecosia plants trees with part of the profits from advertising – Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Launched in 2006, StartPage (startpage.com) is yet another search engine that is concerned with privacy and does not track users’ data, also allowing them to personalize the internal search capabilities of the proxy and servers.
With a simple look and few filter options, the tool does not record users’ IP nor does it store personal data. In addition, StartPage offers SSL encryption that allows anonymous browsing, and features minimal advertising on the right side of the interface.
StartPage is a search engine with all the features aimed at encryption and security – Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Swisscows (swisscows.ch) is a search engine that has a partnership with Bing, but that guarantees users’ privacy without tracking or storing data. In addition, the results are restricted to pornographic terms, filtering out any adult sites.
With filters for images, video, music and translation, the tool also has an interesting resource on the homepage and in the search results, presenting a kind of subject tree with the most searched terms at the moment.
Swisscows filters sites with pornographic content and has a subject tree – Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
CC Search (search.creativecommons.org) is one of the best tools to find free and exclusive content on copyright. Integrated with the repository of platforms such as Flickr, Soundcloud, YouTube, Google Images, etc., the search engine only presents results under the Creative Commons license.
To use the tool, the user needs to type the term or expression that he wants to search for in the text box and choose the platform on which to search.
CC Search brings free results with the Creative Commons brand – Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Launched in 2008, DuckDuckGo (duckduckgo.com) is a major search engine with features to protect the privacy of its users. Without tracking or storing search histories, the tool was one of the first to point out the «filter bubble» effect, created by search engines that try to predict users’ tastes and preferences.
The results of DuckDuckGo have filters for images, videos, news and definitions, and can also exclude pornographic content, specify languages or locations and set priorities on the date of publication.
In a pleasant look and with several filters, DuckDuckGo is an efficient and safe search engine – Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
WolframAlpha (wolframalpha.com) is a search engine with computational intelligence resources that presents the solution of mathematical and scientific problems from the research done by the user. Unlike other search engines, it does not display lists of sites in the results.
With a series of filters and numerous thematic subjects to choose from, the tool is useful for academic research in the area of Exact Sciences, as it displays statistics and sources for users to consult.
WolframAlpha is a search engine totally focused on mathematical and scientific results – Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
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