We all know that Google is the most used search engine in the world. Ever since the introduction of Google Search in 1997, the worldwide market share of all search engines has been rather lopsided. Google has dominated the search engine market, maintaining a 90 percent+ market share as of June 2021 (Source- Statista).
However, there are some concerns that users have regarding privacy and its monopoly on the search market. The good news is the market is stocked with other search engines that offer better privacy in addition to a host of other features. If you have similar concerns and are looking for other options, you can use these alternative search engines.
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If you’re trying to do your bit for the environment, you will love Ecosia. Ecosia describes itself as ‘the search engine that plants trees’. How, you may ask? They use the profit from the advertising on their search engine (every time you click on an ad it generates income) to plant trees where they are needed most. It is a privacy-friendly search engine. They don’t store your search history permanently, or sell your data to advertisers, nor do they use external tracking tools.
Yandex is presumably one of the biggest competitors to Google as it provides similar services like mobile apps, a web browser, map, translator, analytics, cloud storage, and even a mailing service. These services make Yandex one of the best alternatives to Google.
Your search on DuckDuckGo is completely anonymous and they don’t store your search history either. The other notable feature about DuckDuckGo is it displays the search results on one page. So you’re essentially scrolling down the one page to see more results. Because how many people ever make it to page 2 on Google?
After Google, Bing is the second largest search engine. Owned by Microsoft,it is pretty similar to Google in terms of features and privacy functions. Like Google, Bing has translation, currency conversion, and weather features.
This alternative search engine handles not only privacy issues but also censorship. Gibiru has been providing free and uncensored anonymous search results since 2009. The disclaimer on the website also reads that Gibiru does not save your search query on its servers, and the records are wiped clean within seconds of performing the search.
So, why wait? Go ahead and start using these search engines right away!