Search engines are something you use every single day, but do you ever think about what they’re doing with all the data you give them? These private search engines won’t build an advertising profile based on your searches. These 4 search engines were reviewed by Privacy Guides, an independent non-profit unaffiliated with any of these search providers. We consider these search engines to be the best around when it comes to protecting your privacy while searching the web.
Brave Search serves results primarily from its own, independent index. It is optimized against Google Search and therefore may provide more contextually accurate results compared to other alternatives.
Brave Search includes unique features such as Discussions, which highlights conversation-focused results—such as forum posts. We recommend you disable Anonymous usage metrics as it is enabled by default. Disable it in settings.
DuckDuckGo is one of the more mainstream private search engines. Notable DuckDuckGo search features include bangs and many instant answers. The search engine relies on a commercial Bing API to serve most results, but it does use numerous other sources for instant answers and other non-primary results.
The Anonymous View feature can be useful for hiding some network and browser properties. Unlike what the name suggests, you should not rely upon this feature for anonymity. If you are looking for anonymity, use the Tor Browser instead.
SearXNG is a proxy between you and the search engines it aggregates from. Your search queries will still be sent to the search engines that SearXNG gets its results from.
When self-hosting, it is important that you have other people using your instance so that the queries would blend in. You should be careful with where and how you are hosting SearXNG. If it’s public, people looking up illegal content on your instance could draw unwanted attention from authorities.