Which Search Engine Do You Use

Theloststory

Well-Known Member
I know almost everyone on this forum will say Google.
It has become the default user behaviour. I also know people who get irritated if you aren’t using Google in front of them (very true for maps while driving).

However of late there are many more options available, and some of them may have better user experience. I have been using Google ever since it came out. I would use AltaVista, Yahoo Search Directories and AskJeeves before that. Over the years Google ha become extremely commercialised. If I search for something I get a ton of “commercial sites”. Before the helpful ones come up. Plus the search results reek of advertising. Also, if I search for let’s say ‘trekking shoes’ then for the next thousands of years all my spam email, spam messages, banners etc keep showing me trekking shoes. Basically Google sells our search interests to make money. Which is fine as per their business models.

I havee started using different search engines and have now settled on one. DuckDuckGo.
It’s a privacy focused search engine, fast, excellent results and no spam. I have been using it as the default search engine on my phone and also one of my laptop browsers. So far I have never felt I could not find what I was looking for.

Now after some years when I try Google, the interface feels so so commercialised.
So which search engine do you use? Would you try something different or old habits die hard?
- Google
- DuckDuckGo
- Bing
Anything else?
 
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skysat2005

Super User
I know almost everyone on this forum will say Google.
It has become the default user behaviour. I also know people who get irritated if you aren’t using Google in front of them (very true for maps while driving).

However of late there are many more options valuable, and some of them may have better user experience. I have been using Google ever since it came out. I would use AltaVista, Yahoo Search Directories and AskJeeves before that. Over the years Google ha become extremely commercialised. If I search for something I get a ton of “commercial sites”. Before the helpful ones come up. Plus the search results reek of advertising. Also, if I search for let’s say ‘trekking shoes’ then for the next thousands of years all my spam email, spam messages, banners etc keep showing me trekking shoes. Basically Google sells our search interests to make money. Which is fine as per their business models.

I havee started using different search engines and have now settled on one. DuckDuckGo.
It’s a privacy focused search engine, fast, excellent results and no spam. I have been using it as the default search engine on my phone and also one of my laptop browsers. So far I have never felt I could not find what I was looking for.

Now after some years when I try Google, the interface feels so so commercialised.
So which search engine do you use? Would you try something different or old habits die hard?
- Google
- DuckDuckGo
- Bing
Anything else?
I am using DuckDuckGo from last couple of years and pretty happy with the results.
I'm using the app on phone but duckduckgo doesn't have web browser for windows. So I'm stuck with Chrome. Earlier I was using Epic web browser on my Win 7 system and Epic was too good browser with complete privacy but alas it is not working on Win 10 OS.

Cheers...
 

Theloststory

Well-Known Member
I use DuckDuckGo as the default search engine on Apple Safari. I never ever use Chrome.
I can do the same on Firefox, but I have kept Google there.
 

adsatinder

explorer
I am still using Google as it has better and desired results that matches my requirements.
LOL !


I use other search engines too.
Yahoo
Duck Duck Go
both are alternatives for me on PC.
For mobile also I can use these but rarely.

Google is still the best with my desired results on mobile too.
LOL !


Try to use Google on Firefox Focus on mobile.
It is now allowed to be used in India too.

Firefox Focus: The privacy browser - Apps on Google Play

It has one disadvantage, if you tend to touch at back button by mistake, all your effort will be lost.
LOL !
If you like this then go for it.

I try to use in private window in any browser to keep such tracking out.
Avoid using it with wifi of home.
Use on data only which should be kept on off at regular intervals. Off time should atleast be few minutes.
This also changes IP address on mobile.
 
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Tilak Francis

Active Member
On my laptop with windows 10, I use bing.... but I do feel comfortable still with google search and chrome as I subconsciously believe google is superior:-o:-D:eek:
 

cat

Senior Billi
[ On laptop. On phone,...Android...if you want to avoid Google [as in, all it does, it is not just the search] then get Huawei. Or Apple, iPhone...and put up with their shit, like slowing your older/"outdated"phone and damaging the battery. (Proven true, inasmuch as EU court ruled Apple guilty/liable.)

I have kept DuckDuckGo browser add-on for context menu "Search DuckDuckGo for..." but i have not used it...?...maybe 2 times in last 6 months. It seemed that I was not getting results quite as good as Google, but i must try again, because Google changed, sometime in las 6 months or so. [?] For example, I search google for hi-fi gear and I expect to see audiosciencereview forum on first page of results, near the top, but lately that does not happen and i have to add audiosciencereview to the search string.

If you use Bing, as well as Google, then you get Microsoft tracking you and collecting data as well as Google. And Bing results page is full of ads, including american ads. Google search results page, I get no ads. (Actually i don't get much ads on laptop, only on mobile.)

But how does DuckDuckGo work - how do they get revenue? Surely they track and collect and sell data[?] How does it work, unless it actually uses Google search services? Googlebots are busy all the time, and Google has a huge data center, $$$$$$$$$$$ machines.

Cookies...If you want to disrupt trackers, especially wrt ads, just delete cookies every day. But you need to whitelist many sites' cookies, or some of your auto-logins will not work... I don't want to have to login every time I load Gmail...it is usually one of the first things i do after starting Firefox . So i have more *.google.com cookies than anything else.
(Actually the only time - almost only time - i get relevant ads is on bcmt.)

So i have cookiebro add-on, it works very nicely - all cookies of blacklisted sites are deleted when Firefox starts up, session cookies can be deleted each day or however you set it, unless they are from whitelisted sites.
I think you can do it all with Firefox now, without any add-on.

But i have some add-ons for disrupting Google stuff...

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This one sometimes "breaks" websites, something does not work. Very rarely, though. It usually stops that Captcha thing, usually a one-time thing, a site you don't normally visit. So then you click its button and click [Disable for this website], which causes it to reload the page...then when you're finished there, before you close the tab, Enable Privacy Badger so it doesn't keep the site in its whitelist for nothing.

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See that one...only googletagmanager, set to amber/warning. Very often you find 3 or 4 Google trackers on a page, most them Privacy Badger has set to amber, partially disabled, and when you set them to red /block, you find that it is mostly the google trackers that cause the page to not work.

This page, with bcmt post editor, it says "No trackers found." But on bcmt home page...

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See the settings it comes up with for each tracker. fonts.gstatic.com is always there, most pages, I still don't know what Google is doing with fonts.

These are the most important add-ons:

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And at least as important - to me - is to keep the location tracking off. It gets the basic location, the city, but not GPS coordinates.
 
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Theloststory

Well-Known Member
Oh well, I would never bother using the lameass clunkerware thats Android so I don’t have to worry about Google’s embrace.

This is how DuckDuckGo makes money.

Does it work for the user? Well I haven’t had a problem. I use my iPad for web browsing many hours every day and the default search engine is DuckDuckGo and I haven’t had any problems with search results. Same on my phone.
The intersting thing is if I search for something on DuckDuckGo, I don’t see ads relevant to that in my email, on FB, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
But if I search for something, let’s say a lens, on Google or even Amazon, I start seeing ads related to that lens all across my emails and social media.
So I guess DuckDuckGo works.
 

foadbear

Pirates Skulls and Bones
This is entirely a matter of personal preference. I make a living on manipulating websites for Google Search , so yes, I use Google Search.

I don't really get bothered by the ads that are served to me, in fact, at times, I just close the ads which I don't want to see again.

Even while browsing this forum, I get to see ads and it has been so repititive. But then, remarketing concept relies on the fact that if someone is shown ads related to a particular product or service, which the person intended to buy in the first place, there might be a sale and hence the ads are shown.

Personally, I dont have any issues with it.

I have made it a point that googling my name doesn't reveals anything. I dont use FB, Twitter or any other social network for that matter.

College placement records are so old that one has to go back 4-5 pages to see them, if one googles my name.

Well, as the saying goes, "If you want to hide a dead body, place it on the second page of Google."

I have location tracking off for all the websites that I visit. But for default google search, I have location enabled. I would love to see which vet is open right now so that I can take Mr. Cooper there, if I come into any emergency.

The whole facade of Google Invading a user's privacy is a bit exaggeration, it seems to me.

I also have seen staff from Duck Duck Go , writing answers on Quora, telling what a big devil Google is.

Well, I don't think it's true.

I need results, and quick, and I just "Google" it.
 
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