Ixquick: Protects Your Privacy When You Search the Net


Want privacy with regards to your internet searches? Consider checking out Ixquick, claiming to be the only metasearch engine that does not store your personal data.  That’s not all. It claims to be the worlds most powerful metasearch engine and search results will be more comprehensive and accurate than other search engines.

As a metasearch engine it uses the results of several other search engines:

While I am happy with the meta search capabilities, I have at times been  less impressed with the fact that I did not see an immediate option to go over all search hits for instance by search engine. Ixquick makes a relevant selection for you. At the same time, when you are in a hurry it can be very refreshing to not have to go through all the clutter.  There are options of web, phone, video and picture searches and it allows for boolean search.

A Ixquick result is awarded one star () for every search engine that chooses it as one of the ten best results for your search. So a five star () result means that five search engines agreed on the result.
This is significant because search engines choose results in different ways, and each approach works well in some cases and poorly in others. A result with many stars was chosen for many different reasons, and is a consensus choice of many search engines.
Also, while irrelevant Web pages can be “optimized” to fool a single search engine’s algorithm, it is much harder for a page to fool all the search engines.

Privacy
Ixquick does not store IP adresses and uses anonymous user information to improve quality. 2 cookies are stored that save your search “preferences”, which you can change, and a “exclude repetitive results cookie. The preferences cookie experies after 90 days. More about how Ixquick protects your privacy can be found on the site here >>> and here >>> as well as in the privacy policy.

Why not try it out yourself?

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If you liked what you saw, you can opt to download the Ixquick toolbar for IE and Firefox. There is a deskbar available for Windows computers. As a search engine or even metasearch engine this is not my favorite in terms of results but it is very convenient for those times you may want or need to protect your privacy when searching. I have been using this tool for a few years now have found it at times very helpful and convenient.

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