Steve Smith talks about online search engines that maintain your anonymity online while your search for results.
Episode #3-36 released on June 1, 2013
Privacy online is at a premium, and the reason for this is simple. Search engines like Google record, archive and create a profile for you online. This profile is used to determine which advertisements should be targeted to you. And while targeted advertising is a little less annoying, especially if it is something you want. Maybe, the issue is that you don't want to be targeted, period. There are many ways of using the internet without being tracked, today, anonymous search engines, are on our plated.
I'll be talking about a few search engines, and then explaining away a few misconceptions about what is happening on your browser.
My first choice of anonymous search engine has to be DuckDuckGo. For anyone who has ever seen the front page of Google, and who hasn't, you won't be knocked out of your chair by the change of scenery. The front page is clean, and very simple to understand. Type your search query, click the magnifying glass, see your search. Yes, this site is powered with a few advertisements, in fact, my demonstration search I use to verify these is the name of the show, and only one advertisement showed up, and was part of an affiliation selling products from one of my other web-sites, which is interesting in itself. This search is powered by Yandex.
My second choice is IXQuick. Extremely clean design, like DuckDuckGo. Type search query, click magnifying glass, and view results. Says it is the most private search engine online, also, has very few advertisements. The one on the page was related to IXQuick's sister site, StartPage.
And my last choice today, Blekko. Very clean, search query design like DuckDuckGo and IXQuick. The search results don't just show top sites, but also includes a Twitter search which is awesome. There are times that there was something posted on Twitter that may be more relevant to your search, or bring you directly to your point of interest.
These three services have an interface similar to Google, which many people like. There are all using SSL encryption, which means no one in a cafe or public WIFI situation can snoop on your searches. And no login is required.
Remember to like this episode if you were interested in today's topic, share if you think someone else could benefit from the topic, and subscribe if you want to learn more. For the show notes of this episode and others, for more information on other ways to subscribe to our show, to subscribe to our weekly newsletter, and how to participate by submitting your questions, comments, suggestions, and stories, head over to TQAWeekly.com.
Host : Steve Smith | Music : Jonny Lee Hart | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Productions
Feel free to ask more questions, comment on the content, share other possible solutions, and suggestions. An account is required, please register, or login to leave your comment. Thank you for your input.
Steve Smith plays "Bioshock Infinite" and finally finishes the game.
Published on February 07, 2016