Following is a table of some search engines which are more privacy-centric than evil mega-corporations like Google, Bing and Yahoo.
- Decentralized – whether the service and index are controlled by a single entity, such as Google, or distributed among its users, such as YaCy
- Type – meta: uses 3rd parties, such as Google, to deliver search results
index: crawls the web and indexes content without relying on 3rd party search engines
hybrid: a combination of both meta and index
- Client Required – whether you have to download client software in order to use the service
|FAROO (search page no SSL)||no||index||yes / no||optional||?||FAROO offers a distributed, censorship resistant, peer-to-peer search engine and index, however it is powered by proprietary client software. In answering the question “Why you don’t publish your product as Open Source?“, their response is “[…] it’s not a good idea to hand over your technological advantage to a monopoly, when competing with its free service with enormous brand power.“. A very poor answer in my personal opinion.|
|Searx (search page SSL)||partially||meta||yes(?) if searching from the FF search bar, no if searching from the web page / no, but settings are not saved||no||n/a||Searx is a meta search engine which i have found to be the best of its type because of its capability to pull results from a wide array of third party services and it is highly configurable. The interface is clean, customizable, intuitive and similar to Google except it is a bit more powerful. Anyone can run a Searx instance on their own server (see their GitHub page).|
|YaCy (search page SSL, self-signed)||yes||index||yes / no||optional||n/a||YaCy is, in my opinion, the most interesting search engine listed here in that it is a decentralized, distributed, censorship resistant search engine and index powered by free, open-source software. At this time YaCy doesn’t produce a lot of pertinent search results, however the more people use it, the better it will become. For those wanting to run your own instance of YaCy, see their home page and their GitHub page. This article from Digital Ocean may also be of help if you want to run YaCy on a VPS.|
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