Privacy respecting search engines

I used DDG to search for “privacy search engines” and skimmed through some of the articles that came up. Here are are some of the engines which figure in those articles:

  • DuckDuckGo
  • Startpage
  • Qwant
  • Metager
  • Mojeek
  • Ecosia
  • Gibiru

I have been using DuckDuckGo for some time but I would be interested to try out others as well. I’ll be grateful for you comments and suggestions.

Edit: correcting the spelling

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DDG and qwant will usually have somewhat similar results since they are both mostly based on bing results.

Startpage was based on google results last I checked and usually produced better results for my searches. I stopped using it after their acquisition but may go back as the results are substantially better for my needs.


Same here. I used to use Startpage and stopped using it for the same reason as you. I might give it a try again and compare the results with what I get from DDG. For me, the latter has been adequate for my needs, but if there are better options out there I would switch to another engine.


Used Ecosia in the past (I now use DDG).
Their results are the same as Bing, but the big difference is that 80% of their revenue is used to plant trees.
Their revenue is purely add based and generally you can expect around 45 searches will net you 1 planted tree.

Just a passing thought - I use DuckDuckGo, and when I need a Google quality response, I enter the query with !google query - and Google doesn’t know it’s me :grin: (request comes from DuckDuckGo, which doesn’t tell Google much). It meets my needs without giving Google another window into my existence…


Err…are you sure? I think it is still your machine making the request.

What are bangs?

Bangs are shortcuts that quickly take you to search results on other sites. For example, when you know you want to search on another site like Wikipedia or Amazon, our bangs get you there fastest. A search for !w filter bubble will take you directly to Wikipedia.

Remember, though, because your search is actually taking place on that other site, you are subject to that site’s policies, including its data collection practices.


I’m not in on the code, but I don’t find that any searches done that way result in ad ‘modifications’ - which to me has meant that they hadn’t connected the dots (it is very noticeable when the info is being used, as ‘suspiciously directed ads’ show up quickly on my tablet games etc)…

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Unfortunately, I don’t think this is the right measure of success.

I am pretty sure you are leaking just as much information to google as if you went to google directly.

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Probably - I guess I have to hope the VPN is enough then! Strange - I guess I didn’t keep up with times - I am fairly sure the !bang USED to be a good strategy - but I guess it doesn’t work that way any more :frowning_face:

Oh well - rarely need better than DuckDuckGo anyway - but if this thread comes up with something better I’ll give it a try …


My default search engine is DDG but 10% of the times it doesn’t do the job required and I’m force to use Startpage which seems to always do the job. Hope my VPN does its job.


I used Ecosia occasionally in the past. I don’t remember exactly why I stopped using it. Taking into account what you say I think I will do part of my searches via Escosia once again. Perhaps I can get 1 or 2 trees planted every week. That’s not too bad.


OK , here we go ! Go to this web site !
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  • notice Link area for DuckDuckGo , a little further research will explain why . Also warning for Startpage .
  • I’ve been using Searx for about a year and has been flawless . It’s a Meta Search Engine that searches all . Gives one the control in preferences to turn on and off search engines it uses . All search engines are used by default ( well most ) .It’s Open Source !
  • Since there are many instances of Searx , can get confusing which one . uses a Searx for it’s search . It’s the one I’m using !
    LINK ( ) Enjoy !

Thanks for the info and the links! I’ll be looking at it. SearX sounds interesting. I’ll certainly explore it.

SearX is great, but little too slow…


There is always a pay-off, isn’t it? But it does sound good. I’m going use it today and see how it is.

–edit: correcting the spelling :blush:

Searx works okay, only a bit of a cheapskate concerning delivering pics…

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Yep, painfully slow.


I don’t seem to find those settings. Here is what I see when I click “advanced settings”:


Top-right of page “Preferences”

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Thanks! Need to get a new pair of :eyeglasses:!

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