By the time you read this sentence, an average of 2.3 million Google searches were conducted. No doubt, Google is our go-to resource. We use it so much that "Google" has become a verb as in, "Just Google it."
However, considering Google is an amazing resource for when you're researching, or just looking for something fun and entertaining, there is one area where Google is lacking.
I'm talking about privacy. Each time you type something into the search field, Google is recording you. It stores all of the search terms you type, and then uses them to try and think more like you in the future. Plus, there's even a feature called Google Timeline that uses GPS to map out your every move. Click here to see how it works - it's scary!
By recording your search history, reading your Gmail emails, and tracking your location, Google is able to make its services more useful to you by knowing what you want to see. In most cases, it's great. It saves you time by bringing you the best search results as quickly as possible. The only major drawback is the lack of privacy.
Sure, there are ways to wipe your search history and get a fresh start. But that's not enough if you really want to protect your privacy. So, here are three perfectly good, and perfectly private web browsers for an incognito search approach.
Sure, you can't protect your children and grandchildren from everything. But you can protect them from inappropriate content popping up during web searches. And that's where Yippy really shines.
This search engine was designed to automatically detect and block adult content. That means you no longer have to worry about pornography, gambling sites, sex product sites and other websites popping up while you're browsing the internet.
When it comes to privacy, Yippy has you covered on that front as well. While it may collect anonymous information about your computer, as long as you're in the United States it won't collect any personal information such as your name, address or phone number.
If you're not in the U.S., Yippy claims that you are subject to tracking, but only so it can comply with government protocols.
With DuckDuckGo, you never have to worry about targeted ads. This search engine will not track or target your IP address or search history, which will actually get you more results.
DuckDuckGo also has nifty tricks and features like a calculator, unit converter and even a custom interface with search shortcuts and Instant Answers. You can also make DuckDuckGo an extension of your browser and activate more privacy settings to better protect your anonymity.
It doesn't record your IP address, browser information, or search history, so you are safe from the prying eyes of advertisers. You can even search via proxy, so sites can't detect your real IP address (similar to Tor without the hassle of setting it up).
Searching through the proxy option may slow down your searches, but it also makes you invisible. A slower speed sounds pretty manageable when you're concerned about your privacy.
Ixquick also prevents filter bubbles, so you can get all of the search results you are looking for. An added bonus, it has a star system so you can rate the accuracy of your search.
Unfortunately, cutting down your use of Google doesn't mean your information is not being tracked. Find out how Facebook and hundreds of other sites track and share what you do.