Here’s How to Search Google Without Being Tracked

Ben Stegner 29-12-2015

Many people use Google as their go-to search engine, but some are more concerned about whether they can trust Google Using Chrome: Can We Really Trust Google? Why not trust Google? The company knows what they’re doing; clearly Google is trustworthy. Or is it? Read More . While Google provides many services in exchange for data collection, some don’t see this as an even trade. Maybe you’re in that camp.


You could always use another search engine that’s privacy-focused (such as DuckDuckGo), but maybe you can’t pull yourself away from Google’s results. After all, Google is still the king of results Which Search Engine Should You Be Using Today? There are many search engines out there, but which one is the best for you? Read More .

Enter StartPage, a search engine that makes Google searches private. When you type your query, StartPage anonymously submits it to Google and displays the results back to you. By adding this middle man, your privacy is protected since Google is not placing tracking cookies on your browser or logging your IP address to associate you with those searches.

While StartPage doesn’t carry all of Google’s advanced features, it certainly isn’t barebones. You can search for images and videos anonymously, and a settings page allows you to change your theme, highlight your search terms on a page, and adjust other options.

StartPage provides a good combination of Google’s powerful Web searching and protecting your privacy. Like any search engine, it’s worth trying out for a week to see if it’s something you’d like to use long-term. If you’re concerned for privacy and didn’t love DuckDuckGo, StartPage might be for you.

Are you interested in trying StartPage? Do you use a different privacy-focused search engine? Let us know below!

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  1. l
    November 25, 2016 at 4:18 am

    My ears hurt all the time someone installed an illegal xfinity Comcast camera in my house, person who owns it says no cameras in house it's recorded having the conversation with the owner that I was told there is none , someone is creepy enough to use me as a guinea pig for a psychology project researched a lot ..... found that latest technology can capable of anything other than hacking a phone or computer

  2. Anonymous
    December 31, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    So I tried this search engine out and IMO, Google still gets better results when searching content. StartPage doesnt give you same results as Google even after tweaking settings. Id like to get from under the microscope of Google as well but StartPage doesnt seem like an option.
    Is there particular settings that should be set???

    • Anonymous
      December 31, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      P.S. I tested DuckDuckGo and Googles results still seem to be more accurate...

  3. Anonymous
    December 29, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks, Ben. I really like DuckDuckGo, but I also like the additional parameters Google allows like, Past Month, Past Year, etc. Looks like StartPage may be a keeper. Going to go experiment a little with it...

    • Ben Stegner
      December 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Glad you can use it! Let me know if you like it for the long-term.

  4. Alfred Lukasek
    December 29, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Use Duck Duck regularly, but it's results are slightly less than Google.
    I will definitely try StartPage

  5. B-Dub
    December 29, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Umm, you might have mentioned that on DuckDuckGo you can use !g to get Google results as well.

  6. Anonymous
    December 29, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Complete & utter nonsense. StartPage is not installed on your PC, nor in your browser, so you can stop using for your search at any point in time.

    • Ben Stegner
      December 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      I removed this comment, Peter, as it was just a useless link. Thanks for noticing!