Tailored Web Searches vs. Privacy
Google, by far the most commonly used search engine, is great for so many reasons. One thing Google does, though, is track your searches. The results you get when doing a Google search will be different from the ones I get, because the returns are based on your search history. The good view of this is that Google is tailoring your results to best suit your needs. The negative view is that your searches are limited by what Google determines you may want to see, and that Google is tracking and collecting information on you.
This article is from 2012, but I believe it is still relevant. Check it out if you want to secure more privacy and a broader range of results in Google searches.
Using Other Search Engines
Google is used so often for searches that the phrase “google it” is part of our language. However, many other search engines exist, and some of them do not track your searches or keep data on you like Google does. If you want to conduct a search that is not tracked, and therefore more private, use a search engine like duckduckgo. You will get a wider range of site links because the search engine doesn’t have a history with which to limit your results.
Private Web Searches Using A Browser Extension
Disconnect Search is a browser add-on that can make your Google, Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo searches more private. The video on this link explains how it works and gives tips about why you suddenly start getting email related to your recent search terms.
Sometimes you will want a tailored search, and sometimes you want to search privately. Now you have the tools to choose.
Privacy image courtesy of Rob Pongsajapan
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