Here is a list of the top search engines on the internet.
Independent Search Engines
- Google – https://www.google.com/ The defacto champion. Tracks EVERYTHING and changes search results based on your search and location
- Bing https://www.bing.com/ from Microsoft – Changes results based on your search
- Yahoo – https://www.yahoo.com/ Microsoft Owned (but different than Bing) Changes results based on your search
- DuckDuckGo – https://duckduckgo.com/ Has it’s own independent search services including its own crawlers.
- Metager https://metager.org/– is a decent German based independent search engine. Warning DO NOT GO TO METAGER DOT COM it appears to be malware or at least adware.
- Ask.com https://www.ask.com/ (was AskJeeves) – is an independent search engine, but appears to have the same prioritization of big pharma, politics etc. as Google.
All Search Services
Some of the following are just repackaged versions of the search engines noted above. One standout is SearX.info which allows you to pick which search engines to use.
- AOL.Com uses BING
- Ask.com (was AskJeeves). It is an independent search engine. It’s results prioritization are similar to google for big pharma, politics etc.
- Bing is a Microsoft Search engine that is used by many other sites and search engines
- CC Search https://search.creativecommons.org/ – great for finding copyright free material search (not full search like google or Yahoo)
- Dogpile – AGGREGATOR – It provides results from other engine results
- DuckDuckGo – Has it’s own independent search services including its own crawlers. *Recommended
- Ecosia – Based on Bing (supports planting trees)
- Gibiru – appears to be google without tracking
- Google – The defacto champion. Tracks EVERYTHING and changes search results based on your search and location. They know everything about everyone.
- Infospace – AGGREGATOR- uses results from other search engines
- Metager – is a decent German based independent search engine
- OneSearch – Associated with Yahoo
- Peekeir – secure alternate search of Bing *Interesting
- Qwant – secure alternate search of Bing *Interesting
- Search Encrypt – appears to be google without tracking
- search.disconnect.me – uses duckduckgo engine
- SearX.info – AGGREGATOR – A very interesting search tool that lets you PICK which search engine results you want to show from multiple engines. Also the source code is PUBLIC, so you can make your own version. Not an engine but more of a aggregator *Interesting
- StartPage – uses google
- Swisscows – (was Hulbee) is Bing driven
- Teoma – Uses Ask.com – has had issues with hacking tools named the same
- Yahoo – Microsoft Owned (but different than Bing) Changes results based on your search
- Yandex – Russian * use at your own risk *NOT RECOMMENDED*
Stay safe on the internet. Turn on two-factor (two-step) login wherever you can. Use passphrases. Use a password management tool like Lastpass Family or KeePass. Put a PIN/Password on your smartphone. Consider $1mil in identity protection. Don’t install software unless you are 100% sure you need it.
- 12 Simple Things You Can Do to Be More Secure Online https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/12-simple-things-you-can-do-to-be-more-secure-online
- Internet Security – 17 Steps to Avoid Computer Viruses and Identity Theft https://commonsensehome.com/internet-security/