I use a very basic statistics plugin that tells me, among other things, where traffic to this site originates and i'm a bit surprised that most visitors are still using Google which accounts for more than 70% of the referrers.
Unfortunately Googles' search engine and index is still one of the best, even with the censorship and result manipulation that takes place. I think that's pretty sad, but i don't know of any other search engine that compares to Google for general searches. However you need not use Google directly if you value your privacy. As a matter of fact, many of the so-called 'alternative' search engines, including DuckDuckGo, Startpage, Qwant, etc., use Google and/or Bing, so while they are not true alternatives, at least they insulate you from the attacks on your privacy that engines like Google and Bing present.
So stop doing that! Stop using Google directly and instead consider one of the many alternatives. I keep an updated list of privacy friendly search engines right here.
For technical reasons over which i have no control, it has become necessary to disable all email notifications of content updates on this website, effective immediately.
I've been looking for an alternative method of notifying subscribers of content updates, but so far nothing has met my standards and so i cannot say when, or if, email notifications will ever be reinstated.
If you want to be notified when new content is posted here, please see the Subscribe page for information regarding RSS news feeds.
I updated the search.json.mozlz4 file linked in the article, Firefox Search Engine Cautions, Recommendations, to remove a couple of non-functioning search engines.
This file provides a selection of largely alternative search engines for Firefox that i personally use, including Searx, DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Startpage and quite a few others.
A lot of people today don't have a web presence outside of social media. If you have something to say and you want it published on a proper platform, i invite you to submit your work for which you will of course be given full credit.
For details, please see the Contribute page.