Our guide to search engines alternative to Google

Our guide to search engines alternative to Google
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I will divide this article into several points, in an attempt to give you the opportunity to choose whether to "trust" and go directly to the section that explains how to modify and set up the recommended search engine on your mobile phone, or understand the various steps and advice on the world of search engine. I will try to be as simple and practical as possible by omitting all the technical aspects, surely the ones most prepared for the topic will excuse me.

(the items below are clickable and take you to the desired section without reading what you don't care about)

  1. Ranking of the most used search engines
  2. What's better than Google?
  3. The alternatives to "discard"
  4. What are the best privacy search engines?
  5. Are there other search engines?
  6. So what is a good alternative to use also with Google?
  7. How to set up DuckDuckGo on your mobile phone

1. Ranking of the most used search engines

There is no doubt that Google has the monopoly of the world market as the most used search engine, behind it are all the others and with this popularity we have to live with it.

  • Google 91,81%
  • Bing 2.75%
  • Baidu 1.64%
  • Yahoo! 1.6%
  • Yandex Russia 0.57%
  • Yandex 0.39%

2. What's better than Google?

Before we continue and start thinking about alternative search engines, we immediately tell you that if you are looking for something better than Google you will never find it! Just give up! No search engine has a company with those capitals behind it and that invests such huge sums in perfecting its technology. Nobody even comes close to the shadow of the BigG and its popularity, as we have seen, is not second to its ability to fathom the web and therefore gather information. Furthermore, if you have a company or if you sell a product, you cannot afford not to be on Google because it is the real point of reference for what regards the degree of evaluation of the positioning of sites on the Web.

Does this have to worry you? No, just know it and use it knowing the medium. To better explain you, if I am looking for a recipe, a particular plant for my garden, a company for a service that I need or if I don't know what to do with the family tonight, I will try on Google, Bing, Yahoo that so little changes me if my privacy is partially violated or if they are not telling me the truth, they are arguments with little margin of censorship. But if I try, as happened, the article in which the Italian Federation of Pediatricians was fined by the antitrust authority, or news on the use of the cholera vaccine in Naples in 1973, then I will look for one or more alternatives because you can be sure, BigG is eliminating everything. You just think that the Chinese government has asked Google to create the great national search engine, already piloted and censored in the bud.

3. The alternatives to "discard"

I'm talking to the average user and not to the technologically advanced one that includes the various nuances that are between the various search engines, so I go net on the blacks and whites, those to be kept and those to be discarded, then leaving everyone to evaluate in the detail with respect to one's abilities or needs. That said, if Google is holding you tight, because of censorship or because you care about your privacy, I don't recommend going to the unlucky cousins. Google is the best, the rest are alternatives, the end.

All true? "Sni" since those who work with me use various search engines and some have interesting functions, but I repeat, we are not Aranzulla and I don't want to take you a course, we just try to explain how to find the most uncomfortable news. However here is the list of search engines that I do not recommend using as an alternative to Google:

  • Bing it is the second largest search engine after Google and is from Microsoft, that of the great Bill. Anyway, it's great for video searches: it shows you the results as large thumbnails to preview including the audio, when you hover over it with the mouse so if you really have to, use it to search for images.
  • Yahoo It has been around for longer than Google and, although some consider it obsolete, it is still the third most popular search engine in the world. It is even the default search engine for Firefox.
  • Ask allows searches with natural language. This makes it very user-friendly, especially for those who are less familiar with search engines, such as older users.

4. What are the best privacy search engines?

Do you want to search the web without compromising your privacy? Then it is better to use a private search engine, that is, a search engine that does not track the data of its users and provides search results with additional protection and high levels of data confidentiality. The best are:

5. Are there other search engines?

  • Search Encrypt uses local encryption to ensure that users' identifiable information cannot be monitored. Being a metasearch engine, Search Encrypt obtains its results from a network of search partners, providing all-round results that are not personalized on your timeline.
  • SearX is a metasearch engine that aims at a free and decentralized vision of the Internet. Offering unbiased results from different sources, it is an open source search engine whose source code as well as GitHub contributions are open to all. There is also the possibility to customize it and host it on your server as your search engine.
  • Yandex it is the fifth largest search engine used in the world, widely used in Russia, where it was born and where it holds around 60% of the search engine market share.
  • Gibiru has the motto "Private search without filters" and is exactly what it offers. By downloading the AnonymoX Firefox add-on, all your searches are sent via a proxy IP address. This generates private and unbiased search results and ensures that other users of the same computer are unable to track history.
  • Disconnect allows you to perform anonymous searches through a search engine of your choice. When you enter a search term, the query is redirected and anonymized through the Disconnect servers before being passed on to the selected search engine. This allows you to use your favorite search engine without privacy concerns.
  • yippy it's another great privacy option, as it doesn't track your searches or show personalized ads. It allows you to search for different types of content including websites, images, news, job advertisements, blogs and government data.
  • Swisscows offers fully encrypted searches to protect your privacy and security. It does not store personal data, IP addresses or search queries and its servers are based in Switzerland, one of the countries in the world with the strictest privacy policies. It is especially popular with parents who want to offer their children a safe search experience, as the built-in filter for pornography and violence cannot be removed.
  • Lukol is an anonymous search engine that provides results from Google but maintains your privacy by removing any traceable elements. This means that you can still benefit from Google's search power without worrying about being tracked. Lukol guarantees full anonymity of your searches and helps you stay safe by protecting yourself from deceptive or inappropriate sites.
  • MetaGer offers privacy protected search functions (“Privacy Protected Search & Find”) thanks to its anonymous search. It is a metasearch engine that queries up to 50 external search engines, giving variety and depth to its results. It doesn't take click-through rate into account when processing a query, so the results are unbiased and unfiltered.
  • Gigablast is a private search engine that indexes millions of websites and offers real-time information without tracking your data, hiding from the eyes of marketers and spammers. It's not the most interesting search engine around, but it does offer a variety of options to filter or customize your query, including searching by language, exact phrase and file type. In addition to the web, news and images, Gigablast also offers a directory and an advanced search function.
  • Oscobo is a search engine that protects your privacy when searching the web. By not using third party tools or scripts, your data is protected from hacking and from any misuse. By encrypting all traffic, it provides anonymous search results without any form of tracking, including IP addresses and cookies. Oscobo will not send the search term to the site you click on or share your personal data or search history.
  • Qwant is a privacy-based search engine that does not record your searches or use your personal data for advertising. The intuitive interface classifies the results of your search on the web, news and social networks, and there is also a section dedicated to music that uses Artificial Intelligence to help you search for lyrics and discover new music.
  • Baidun it is the main search engine in China, with a share that exceeds 70% of the Chinese Internet market. Although in Mandarin, it is surprisingly similar to Google. It looks similar in terms of design, is monetized through ads and uses rich snippets in search results. However, Baidu is heavily censored. Some images and even pro-democratic websites are stuck on this search engine.
  • WolframAlpha is a privately owned search engine that allows you to "calculate high-level responses using Wolfram's innovative algorithms and knowledge base as well as Artificial Intelligence". The search engine is designed to provide specialist information divided into macro-categories: Mathematics, Science and Technology, Society and Culture, Daily life. TO
  • Boardreader is a search engine for forums and message boards. It allows you to search the forums and then filter the results by date and language. It is a useful tool for searching for content as it simplifies the search for content written by real users for a given topic. If you are unfamiliar with the niche and don't know which is the best forum to visit, Boardreader can be a good place to start.
  • StartPage it was built with user privacy in mind. It does not track or store any of your data. It also does not show you advertisements based on browsing behavior. Startpage claims to be "The most private search engine in the world". You will be able to get results similar to what you would get with a completely private Google search.
  • Ecosia: is the low-carbon alternative search engine2. For every research done (powered by Bing), the revenue generated is paid back to its tree planting program. On average, around 45 research is needed to finance the planting of a single tree. But remember, the research is ultimately on Bing.

6. What then is a good alternative to use also with Google?

duck duck go search engine

If Google is really close to you, with all that we said above, the DuckDuckGo search engine is perfect. Privacy and good quality of sources, but this too has servers in the US, sooner or later it will suffer the same censorship.

DuckDuckGo has some interesting features like searching bang by DuckDuckGo, a shortcut that quickly takes you to search for results on other sites. Just add a ! in the search bar, such as Wikipedia, Amazon, GitHub, Stack Overflow, and then the keyword you want to search for. Practical example: "! Amazon dr. Fabio Franchi"and he will carry out the research only in amazon and only on Dr. Fabio Franchi.

Do you think that's enough to find everything? I'm sorry, no, but it's a good start to drop Google for serious things. Pfor the most "geeks" I recommend using 3, 4 or 5 different search engines and never limit the search to one.

7. How to set up DuckDuckGo on your mobile phone

Nothing could be simpler, open any browser you use, go to settings and look for the "search" option. There you can add what is possible.