5 Best Search Engines to Keep You Anonymous and Secure

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Tracking internet users and data collection is grown at a rapid pace in recent years. Almost every application and service is collecting tons of user data. One such activity is search queries made on different search engines. The most popular one is Google which keeps a history of your searches to show ads accordingly. If you're concerned with your online privacy and want to keep your searches anonymous and secure, there are plenty of search engines for the same. We'll look at some of these privacy-oriented search engines you can use and can rest assured that your search data is not shared with anyone else.

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I'm using two of the search engines mentioned below for sensitive searches I do not want to be tracked. Most of these search engines come with a web browser extension as well for easy and quick access.

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You can combine these powerful search engines with privacy web browser extensions to add an extra layer of privacy and security. So, let's get started and try out these privacy-focused search engines.

1. DuckDuckGo

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DuckDuckGo is my preferred search engine when it comes to keeping my queries private and secure. It's one of the most popular privacy-focused search engines. I use it daily for several critical search queries.

Extensions for all the popular web browsers are available for this search engine. It does not track you or your search queries. You can customize it through its plethora of configuration options. I liked its interface customization options which enable you to make it look the way you want it to be.

2. Startpage

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Startpage is a worthy competitor of DuckDuckGo and in no way less than the one mentioned above. It's a trusted way to perform private and secure search queries. I use this one too for my search sessions.

Web browser extensions are available to this search engine too which makes it easy to quickly trigger a private search query. It allows you to filter your search queries based on the geographic location. You can also customize the theme, date format, and the number of results you want on a single page.

3. Qwant

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Qwant is yet another powerful search engine one can use for secure and anonymous search sessions. Its flexible web browser extensions work like charm and are one of the bests in its class.

Both iOS and Android apps are also available for this private search engine. It's available in over a dozen different languages. Options to filter out adult content are also available. You can also customize it to get region-specific search results. You can also enable video-play settings in the search results.

4. Swisscows

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Swisscows guarantees anonymity and claims not to store your data while searching. It also does not index or displays explicit content in its search results, which makes it an ideal choice for families.

To use it easily, you can pick one of the add-ons available for your favorite web browser. Mobile apps for this private search engine are also available for iOS and Android. Through filters, you can fine-tune your search results to your liking. Its impressive interface is clean, clutter-free, and soothing to the eyes.

5. MetaGer

MetaGer search engine home page

And last but not least is MetaGer search engine to keep your search sessions private and secure. Like its other competitors, this one too has extensions for modern web browsers. Do once give it a try.

It has fairly flexible configuration options including filters and theme adjustment. You can also add wildcard-supported domain names to the block list to be excluded from your search results. You can also enable and disable the search engines to be used for your private search queries.