Google is without question the most popular search engine. It’s become a verb in our vocabulary and is usually the default search engine in all major browsers. Because of that, many think it’s the only search engine to use.
If you’ve been thinking about alternatives to Google or you’re getting more and more cautious of the amount of data Google knows about you, there is a great alternative to Google as a search engine and Google’s Chrome browser. Yes, it is possible to break free from Google’s hold on you!
Before we provide some alternatives, it’s important to note that we’re not in our office wearing aluminum foil hats and we don’t think Google is evil. In fact, we utilize many of Google’s services on a regular basis. Google is an amazing service with amazing technologies. The Chrome browser also is sleek and efficient and continues to stand out as the most popular browser. However, it’s always good to take a look at what else is out there. For us, speed and simplicity are keys to getting work done and we’ve found the following search engine and browser an excellent combination to achieve both. It’s at least something to consider or maybe add to your existing Google ecosystem!
So, with that being said, let’s explore some alternatives…
1. Switch to DuckDuckGo for search.
One of the best alternative’s to Google is a search engine called DuckDuckGo. They’ve been around for a while and offer excellent search results that are not based on your search history. (Perform a Google search using your account and you’ll often get a completely different result from a friend using their account.) DuckDuckGo’s position is to simply return results based on your keywords. What a concept! We primarily use DuckDuckGo as our search engine because of the fast and clean design and interface. It is slick, fast, and has a ton of unique features including the popular ‘bang’ functionality.
2. Switch to Firefox as your web browser.
Mozilla’s Firefox was not too long ago one of the top web browsers. Developed by the Mozilla Corporation, Firefox touts a strong commitment to community and privacy. Chrome has far surpassed Firefox’s user base over the years, but the latest versions are showing promising features and technologies that compete with Chrome. Don’t get us wrong, Chrome is a slick browser and Google has made strides to deliver a browser with speed and efficiency. However, over the years Chrome feels more bloated and there is that connection to Google which raises privacy issues with some people.
Mozilla has recently announced the development of a brand new version of Firefox called Quantum. We’ve been running the beta for a while and have been blown away by the speed, technology and new interface. Firefox also has excellent developer tools for those testing or developing web sites – something close to our heart.
It’s refreshing to see a powerful new Firefox that adds some good competition to Google Chrome. You can download the beta or wait until November to download the final release.
So, maybe you’re ready to ditch some of Google’s ecosystem and try something else. Or maybe you want to expand your internet arsenal of tools. DuckDuckGo and Firefox make an excellent combination that provides search without tracking and a browser made by a company that values community.
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