Google Search Alternative IxQuick
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Ixquick calls itself the world's most private search engine. Unlike other search engines, IxQuick does not record user IP addresses or share personal data with third parties. A full page with privacy related information is available on the service's website.
I have used Ixquick for the last week as my main search engine. There are things that I like, and things that do not work out that well. IXquick, like Bing, provides solid results for short queries. If you are looking for a particular business, software or product, you usually find it in the top spot on the search results page.
Results are not always that bad though, but they are often not that great either. I also noticed that Google's results are not always that better for longer queries, but you find pages with the information you are looking for more often there.
Back to Ixquick. Search results are always opened in new tabs instead of the same tab by default. It happened to me more than once that I clicked multiple times on a search result wondering why it would not open when in fact it was opened multiple times in new tabs in the browser. It takes some getting used to time but it is not really that bad.
You can open any page with a proxy that is provided by the search engine itself. This can be handy if a website is blocked in your country.
Do not get me wrong though, search results are not always that bad or that different from other search engines. A few things need improvement though:
- When I'm looking for something product related, e.g. Swtor PVP, I expect the product developer site in the top 5 results.
- When I'm searching for technology related things I expect recent information in the top 5 result if I do not add a version number to the product.
- When I'm searching for a product or business, I expect it to be the number one result in the search results (you will notice that software searches sometimes list download portals in front of the developer site).
All of this applies to Microsoft's Bing search engine as well, and probably to the majority of other search engines out there. Google's results are not really that much better or different, but the company somehow manages to often sneak in at least one result that you find your answer on.
I'd still suggest you give Ixquick, Bing or DuckDuckGo a try to see if these search engines return satisfactory search results for you. I for one will now move on to DuckDuckGo for a week to see how it is holding up.
Have you tried other search engines besides Google? Why do not you share your experience in the comments?Advertisement