Ditch Google as your search engine.

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    Glem.Chally
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    As a longtime user of Google as my default search engine I’ve now changed to duckduckgo,  branded as “the search engine that doesn’t track you”  I have nothing to hide but I would like to keep the little privacy we have now.  Just an option.

    https://duckduckgo.com/

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    Kaan
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    Thanks, just put it as my default search engine. It seems to give very good search results, even for very ambiguous but specific things related to my work.

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    Adam
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    and if you don’t want windows tracking your keystrokes, you can use any one of the many flavors of Linux for free.  Linux is exponentially more stable and less bloated while being inherently more secure.  Linux is opensource and most distros are well looked after buy their communities.  Mint, Manjaro, Fedora, Ubuntu, or Debian are all highly reccommended and quite user friendly for first time Linux users
    https://distrowatch.com/

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    Glem.Chally
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    Thanks for the heads-up Adam.  I’m not sure I’m ready to ditch WIndows yet haha,  I’m neck deep I like the Battlefield series and other Windows based programs.  I’ve also ditched Google assistant from my phone and made DuckDuckGo my search engine/browser there too,  very happy so far.

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    Crusher
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    I have a system here on the this desk running Mint. Love it. Been running for about 4-5 years now. What was it before Mint? Cinnamon? I ran that for a while. I tried Ubuntu as well.  It works well with my household windows based network too. Streams to my TV. Way faster than windows..  But to be honest, I have a Windows 10 based system on the desk too. 

    Sorry. Didn’t mean for that to slip off topic.
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    Saltlake58
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    Your operating system does not protect your browser history.  MS(OK I see an argument here) really does not track every keystroke.  Problem with Linux is running software I use. It doesn’t run much of anything I use.  

    ​I ditched google years ago, but they have a habit of slipping back in every time they get a chance through Android.  I like my tablet, but google just keeps slipping back in and ruining my day.

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    Ascender
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    “Saltlake58”Your operating system does not protect your browser history.  MS(OK I see an argument here) really does not track every keystroke.  Problem with Linux is running software I use. It doesn’t run much of anything I use.  
    ​I ditched google years ago, but they have a habit of slipping back in every time they get a chance through Android.  I like my tablet, but google just keeps slipping back in and ruining my day.

    
Android itself does a lot of tracking, so changing your mobile search engine won’t help. Basically, do as little as you can on your mobile browser. Use your desktop, and download Ghostery, UBlock Origin( better than AdBlock Plus) and a program called PeerBlock, which will block third-party monitoring of all your internet traffic, not just your browser. Peer Block also give you a real-time list of what domains are attempting to monitor your traffic. I see a lot of Chinese “universities” on that list.

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    mtnGhost
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    This entire time, I thought I was alone! I have grown to despise Google over the last several years. The dominate information and I have noticed that they're holding information back from the general search public, at least in the US. It seems to coincide with their Dragonfly deal in China.

    I'm in the tech industry by trade, it's tough getting specific info now in several areas. If the results aren't in the top few – you won't find the answers using Google.

    Bing and DDG are slightly better. Dogpile and Qwant seem to yield better results for me in other areas.

    At the end of the day, google is an ad company. I have worked with them on engagements with companies that google does large scale ad delivery with, and have seen the trends. They've become highly efficient at delivering ads! I refuse to use android or the chrome browser, because I hate ads.

    Cheers!

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