May 22, 2020

Private Search Engine Comparison

Private Search Engine Comparison

With so many search engines already on the market, and privacy gaining in popularity, you may not be surprised to hear about how many search engines ask to be included on my site ThinkPrivacy ( With an influx of new services comes questions about who you can trust, what makes them different from each other, and who is giving me the best search results.

I eliminated all search engines who collect even partial IP addresses or shared identifying information with advertisers or those processing their search results.

I was left with Startpage, DuckDuckGo, Mojeek, and SearX. Here, I will focus on the first three. I won’t dive into SearX because it is best served as a self-hosted search option which can be programmed to scrape results from any search engine you please and is reserved for the more advanced user or someone with a more serious threat model.

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