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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#121 Post by Toxteth O'Grady » Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:06 am

A small search engine that does respect your right to privacy:
https://www.acoon.de/en/

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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#122 Post by freakazoid » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:57 am

Toxteth O'Grady wrote:A small search engine that does respect your right to privacy:
https://www.acoon.de/en/
I tried one search and the results were far from what I expected. Will probably grow in time as it spiders more sites, but right now, it's not really useful.
is it stealth? ;)

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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#123 Post by Toxteth O'Grady » Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:54 pm

freakazoid wrote:
Toxteth O'Grady wrote:A small search engine that does respect your right to privacy:
https://www.acoon.de/en/
I tried one search and the results were far from what I expected. Will probably grow in time as it spiders more sites, but right now, it's not really useful.


I know it's not the best there is, but is has improved recently. It's just another "weapon" in the arsenal of the "no really, we're not evil" search engines. As opposed to... :lol:

You could report strange or incomplete results in the blog. The Acoon developer might be able to do something with this information, who knows.


By the way, here is another one:
http://www.semager.com/
http://www.semager.de/info/privacy.php

Not the best privacy policy, but it could be much worse. However, lots of ads, so probably this isn't really usable either.

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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#124 Post by DavidB » Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:06 pm

Another option for privacy, there is also StartPage: startpage.com

From what I have read about the service, they remove identifying information from your query and then submit it anonymously to Google themselves, they get the results back and forward them to you, keeping your information private. Your IP address is not stored, your visit is not logged, and they don’t place any tracking cookies on your browser.

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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#125 Post by freakazoid » Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:38 pm

Startpage.com has been mentioned a few times in this thread already, but it never hurts to reference them again!
is it stealth? ;)

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Re: Alternatives to Google search

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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#127 Post by Craunch » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:29 pm

Ixquick is my favourite search. It seems to be a meta search version of StartPage.

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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#128 Post by I am Baas » Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:29 am

Craunch wrote:Ixquick is my favourite search. It seems to be a meta search version of StartPage.
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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#129 Post by webfork » Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:22 pm

DuckDuckGo just got into a Time article:

How I Quit Google
http://ideas.time.com/2014/02/24/how-i-quit-google/

This mirrors the responses to Google a lot of people I know have had. Sometimes you don't want any help with your searches and, for those times you do, the !g tag in DuckDuckGo is great.

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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#130 Post by guinness » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:19 am

But not bookmarking the most commonly visited sites is just ludicrous.
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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#131 Post by Toxteth O'Grady » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:51 am

Here's another one that claims to have some respect for your privacy. I haven't really tested it, so... :wink:

https://www.qwant.com/

https://www.qwant.com/privacy

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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#132 Post by webfork » Thu May 08, 2014 5:58 pm

There's a distributed, open source search engine [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_search_engine]. It's GPL licensed and looks promising. As it requires Java, there may be a way to portabilize it, but the program still requires a web browser as a front end. This makes sense, but isn't as self-contained as many on the site would probably prefer.

Screenshots:
http://www.yacy.net/en/Screenshots.html

Homepage:
http://www.yacy.net/en/index.html

Softpedia:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/S ... YaCy.shtml

PCMag review for an earlier version:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2397258,00.asp

The only other program I've tested was Faroo, but it's setup was far too involved. That SEEMS to have been relaxed: http://www.faroo.com/ but the site had no results for "portable freeware", which makes me wonder if it's ready for prime time.

More:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroo

Anyway, these look interesting but my guess is they need to hit some kind of critical mass before they're widely adopted.

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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#133 Post by Marc » Fri May 30, 2014 7:18 pm

@webfork wow...
Question: how good are search results? and how does it compare to other search engines.
Either way I'm definitely taking a deeper look/running it. I also wonder how much bandtwich resources does it use.
The task of things to do just keeps growing...Offtopic: has anyone updated Portable Linux (CoLinux)?
There are some guides but in case someone has already done and if/had runned into any issues.
And I'm also considering POS2009 or XP SP3 on Virtualbox in Linux or just sandboxie/firewall.

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#134 Post by webfork » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:47 pm

Marc wrote:Question: how good are search results? and how does it compare to other search engines.
I was trying to rig a jPortable launcher before actually testing this so I can't speak to this. Also, sorry for the delayed response ... I kept meaning to come back to this and actually make the Yacy program portable before testing.

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Re: Alternatives to Google search

#135 Post by Toxteth O'Grady » Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:49 pm

Here's another anonymous (meta) search engine:
https://unbubble.eu/

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