Stop Using Google

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, Inc., was spotted at Hillary Clinton’s “victory” party last Tuesday wearing a staff badge, per a picture recently submitted to Politico.

Remember, during the campaign Google actively hid negative stories about Hillary, and moved negative Trump stories to the top of searches.

In a memo sent by Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, to Cheryl Mills, David Plouffe, and John Podesta on Oct. 26, 2014. The memo’s author was Teddy Goff, Clinton’s former chief digital strategist. It was addressed to Clinton.

Goff elaborated on the campaign’s early “priorities,” as well as developments about those priorities. Several times it mentioned the work that “Eric Schmidt’s group” and “team” (READ AS GOOGLE) were doing for the campaign.

Google is an arm of the Democratic Party. There are other great search engines out there. You do not need Google, or want them to profile your information them deliver that to the DNC.

 

Here are three alternative search engines you can use. And as a bonus they DO NOT track you. They do not data mine your information and pass it along to others, like the Hillary campaign, which Google did. Also, if you use Firefox they can all be set as your primary search engine.

DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo is a solid Google replacement, and it doesn’t track or target your IP address or search history. You don’t have to worry about targeted search results or being trapped in a filter bubble, which actually means you get more results.

DuckDuckGo includes the nifty calculators and other tricks you’ve come to expect on Google. But that’s not all. You can customize its interface, with search shortcuts and an Instant Answers feature that’s just as good, if not better than, Google’s Knowledge Graph. You can also make DuckDuckGo an extension of your browser and activate more privacy settings to keep your search history as protected as possible.

 

Yippy

If you have kids or grandchildren running around your house, chances are they’ve sat with you while you searched online for something kid-friendly, like suggestions for movies to watch or books to help with their homework. If so, you dread that inevitable moment when your innocent search turns into less-than-innocent results. Bam! The very sites you’re protecting them from pop up on your computer screen.

All your efforts to keep youngsters in your life safe from that inappropriate trash go up in smoke. Fortunately, there’s a Google-type site called Yippy that’s got you covered. Yippy automatically detects and blocks adult content. That includes pornography, gambling sites, sex product sites and other websites that are not appropriate for kids.

Plus, the site protects your privacy. It will not collect personally identifiable information about you, like your name, telephone number, address or email address. However, it may collect anonymous information about your computer, like your IP address. It also uses cookies, but not to track your personal behavior.

 

Ixquick

Ixquick calls itself the world’s most private search site. It doesn’t record your IP address, browser information or search history, so advertisers can’t track you.

This search engine also gives you the privacy of searching via proxy, so sites you visit don’t even know your real IP address. This is similar to a program like Tor, but without the hassle of setting it up.

Ixquick’s proxy option gives you the most online privacy. It may slow down your searches, but when you select “proxy,” Ixquick makes you invisible online.

Ixquick also keeps you out of filter bubbles, so you can get the search results you’re looking for. Plus, it has a neat star system that rates the accuracy of your search results by cross-checking with other search engines. For example, four stars means that four other search engines agreed on that search term result.

 

Google is not the only game in town for searches. And unlike Google these engines do not use your information in scary ways.

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