Self-hosted search option is a new approach to bursting the filter bubble

By | August 11, 2017

Source: Sophos Naked Security

If you’re worried about Google’s attempts to track you more closely than ever before, there’s another approach you can take to online search engines: host your own.

Google came under fire recently for its super-intrusive proposal to track our in-store purchases. Privacy groups are doing their best to fight it in the courts, but in the meantime its users seem QualTech Cloud Hosted Backup Services | QualTech360Backupdoomed to live under its ever-watchful eye.

The company knows an awful lot about you, as Naked Security has detailed here. Sure, you can delete all of your cookies, sign out of Google when conducting sensitive searches and use Tor for anonymity. But let’s be honest – we don’t really make the effort, do we?

“Most users search Google while signed in, so all of the information on their online life is available: YouTube searches, emails and past search history,” says Adam Tauber.

Tauber is the founder of Searx, an alternative search engine that prides itself on its user privacy. Unlike many other search engines, Searx doesn’t monetize its users. Users don’t even have to use its hosted search service to take advantage of it.

Written in Python, Searx is a meta-search engine, pulling in search results from a wide variety of sources. The program is self-hosted, meaning that you can use one of several instances hosted by other people like this one, or just install and run your own.

Read more here.

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