The best alternative search engines to Google

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Despite complaints about the privacy issues in browsingGoogle is still the leading search engine by number of users, as it currently has a market share of 95.91% of desktop and mobile searches in Spain and 97% in Latin America. However, Google is by no means the only search engine.

There are alternative search engines with excellent functionalities to find relevant content.

Although when we think of alternatives, the first thing that comes to mind are their direct rivals like Bing or DuckDuckGo, the truth is that there are many more. For those users who are looking for an alternative to Google, here is a list of several alternative search engines:

-Yahoo! Although it was once one of the most important search engines, it currently has only 3.5% of the market share. However, it is still important in the United States, as it is one of the best search engines for news, according to its users.

The new home of Yahoo!

-Bing: With the same core features as Google, Bing has some advanced features, such as machine learning-based content predictions, and a much more visual approach. Bing’s image search is also more advanced than Google’s and has artificial intelligence features for object detection, collections, and more.

Bing Image Searcher

-DuckDuckGo: Although increasingly popular (especially on mobile), it still only accounts for 1.5% of the US market. One of the search engines with the best privacy options, as it does not collect data on search terms or personal information. It has a “Bang” function that allows you to search within other platforms such as Wikipedia, eBay or Amazon.

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-Qwant: Another privacy-focused search engine, Qwant uses a proprietary indexing engine combined with Bing results to avoid filtering search results. As a search engine created in France, where privacy laws are strict, the engine does not place any cookies on the search engine, nor do they use virtual tracking devices, nor do they collect or store user information.

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-Startpage: They define themselves as the most private search engine in the world, being audited by the European Privacy Seal itself. It has a “no registration” policy, so it cannot know the identity of the users, it does not store the IP of the searchers and it does not have tracking cookies.

Startpage search engine, alternative

-OneSearch: This is Verizon’s search engine and has several privacy-focused features: they use no cookies, no virtual user tracking, no search history, no filtering of results, secure link sharing, and keyword encryption.

OneSearch search engine alternative to Google

-Ekoru: This is an ethics-based search engine. Developed by non-profit organizations, it runs on servers powered by clean hydroelectric energy. Every search helps raise funds for the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup organization. At the same time, it is a very secure search engine, with data encryption and does not store user information.

eKoru alternative search engine

-SwissCows: Another search engine developed in Europe and focused on user privacy. It does not store browsing data or user information and is focused on content for the whole family, so it offers safe content.

SwissCows, alternative search engine to Google

-Ecosia: The results are provided by the Bing engine, so you can enjoy all the advanced features, but with more privacy, as users can disable tracking. In addition, with every search we are helping to plant trees, so it is a good option for those more environmentally conscious.

Ecosia, image illustrating article

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