Google is the go-to site for most people when they need to find something online or learn new information. And it really is very good at it. Google isn't just about searching, though. Click here to learn 12 fun and crazy Google tips and tricks.
Unfortunately, Google doesn't have a great track record when it comes to privacy. Last year, Google announced that it will no longer scan students' emails to serve relevant ads, which is good. But it only changed its policy after it was sued.
For the rest of us, Google is still collecting as much information as it can to serve us ads. In fact, we recently told you how Google is tracking the websites you visit and the videos you watch, to better understand your interests. Google, which also owns the digital ad network DoubleClick, serves you up interest-based ads, specifically for you. If that's a little too creepy, follow these steps to opt out of Google's interest-based ads.
Aside from the blatant ad targeting, Google filters results for you based on past search history while still targeting you with ads. This is called a "filter bubble." This means that you and a family member could search for the same term but come up with different results. To be fair, Google does let you wipe your search history, but it's still going to be trying to put two and two together.
If you're tired of Google and its lax view of privacy, here are three private search sites that don't track you. Be sure to check all three to find the one that's best for you.