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An alternative to Google that protects your privacy and keeps kids safe

An alternative to Google that protects your privacy and keeps kids safe
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If you have kids or grandchildren running around your house, chances are they've sat with you while you searched online for something kid-friendly. You might be looking for suggestions for movies to watch, or to find books to help with their homework.

If so, you dread that inevitable moment when your innocent search turns into less-than-innocent results. Bam! The very sites you're protecting them from pop up on your computer screen. All your efforts to keep youngsters in your life safe from that inappropriate trash go up in smoke.

Fortunately, there's a Google-type site called Yippy that's got you covered. Yippy blocks adult content, including pornography, gambling sites, and other inappropriate websites.

Plus, the site protects your privacy. It will not collect personally identifiable information about you, like your name, telephone number, address or email address. That is, as long as you're in the United States. "Yippy will not track a U.S. citizen for any reason" unless required by court order, subpoena or required by law. If you're not in the U.S., Yippy says you're subject to tracking, so that it can comply with government required protocols.

However, it may collect anonymous information about your computer, like your IP address. It also uses cookies, but not to track your personal behavior.

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