So You’ve Decided To Boycott Google…

10/13/201775 Comments

You’ve decided to boycott Google? Congratulations! That’s a great idea! But now, where do you go for alternatives? Are there any other search engines? Join The Corbett Report’s open source investigation into search alternatives as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of online filter bubbles.

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  1. Steebs says:

    James, Google “how old is the president”. You still get Barack Obama.

    Since this is your latest post, I’ll put this here. Why have you not done an open source investigation on Las Vegas? This could be the 9/11 of this generation. You even go on Twitter and see so many people saying “this doesn’t add up”, yet you briefly mentioned it on NWNW. I don’t get it James. I know you are all about solutions and looking beyond the immediate news cycle, but when something like Vegas happens, I’d appreciate a little more than just a passive look at this. Maybe you’ve been in this too long and are jaded by this kind of stuff, but I’ve been going around in my personal life tying Vegas to 9/11 through stuff like the “Liberty Act”. Even getting new people to watch your 9/11 a conspiracy theory primer and then all the sudden they want to know about that too. All because Vegas doesn’t smell right.

    Anyway sorry for the diatribe, I’ve been thinking about this for a while though.

    • Pablo de Boer says:

      A Storm is Coming, Vegas was just the Beginning!!!!
      https://youtu.be/WvySxXXOGf4

      * I hope not, Pablo

    • danmanultra says:

      I think if this is such a concern for you then maybe you should organize your own open source investigation. Not saying this condescendingly, but as an actual encouragement. If you want to hear more I know Media Monarchy has done some more coverage as well.

    • mkey says:

      I personally prefer much of these “shootings” ignored as far as more detailed investigations go. I wouldn’t have a problem if this site did an open source investigation into it, that would be easy enough to ignore, but considering the time and resource investment and the fact both are fairly limited, I prefer there to be none.

      For a while I was working in this “ooh, lets see what they are doing now” mode, following various psyops and looking for all sorts of clues in these setups and now, from this perspective after some time has passed, I can see that investment of time and resource as what it really is – a complete waste. It hasn’t increased my awareness, it hasn’t added to my understanding of events nor have I realized anything substantial which would allow me to interpret any of “their” actions better. I have enough stuff going on, siphoning my attention away.

      Maybe the Vegas shooting is a smoking gun type of deal, but we have so many smoking guns I can’t see anything because of the thick smoke engulfing us. I don’t need Vegas to make the fact 9/11 was in inside job even more transparent; in fact I think this understanding has permeated modern society to a rather extreme extent, but people fail to follow up on their logical conclusion.

      • herrqlys says:

        As far as the Las Vegas shooting incident goes, I’m done with that now. I must becoming jaded, because I was immediately skeptical of the breaking ‘news’ reports, and nothing in the photographic record to date, nor in the many considered discussions about noted anomalies, has changed my intial impression.

        The clincher was, as is usually the case, that the shooter died so no further first hand information sees the light of day. In fact the supposed crime scene photos of the prostrate body of ‘Stephen Paddock’, and the placement of guns around the body, strongly suggest stage management (quelle surprise).

        The photos I have seen show very few shell casings in comparison to what must have been fired for the official narrative. No blood can be seen, either. Was he standing when he shot himself? Kneeling? Sitting down? The intial splatter should have been closer to where his feet are positioned in the photos of his prone body, yet we see no evidence of ANY blood at all.

        Like 911, and all the so-called terrorist (obviously intended to mean ‘Muslim’) shootings and vehicle rampages in the US and Europe over the last year or more, these events are for creating public fear so that other agendas can be promoted on the coat tails.

        I’m not sure whether or not psychological research has been able to keep up with the mass dynamic because of all these events. The internet allows people to do their own information programming, and many blogs and comment sections overflow with cynicism. There is very, very little defence of the establishment in these forums.

        The -powers-that-shouldn’t-be may actually be flying a little blindly on public emotional reality for now. If TPTSB are indeed behind the curve then there could be some massive follow-on event (or events) that are already planned, which could fail spectacularly in the public perception of what is really happening to our world, our lives. Public outrage could be unlike anything we have witnessed in our lifetimes.

        As TPTSB have ignored the obvious contradictions with determined facts versus the offical narrative for Las Vegas and all the other past fear events, wailing and weeping will serve no purpose. Time is better spent locating the trajectory on which this is all moving.

        • HomeRemedySupply says:

          herrqlys says:
          …and many blogs and comment sections overflow with cynicism. There is very, very little defense of the establishment in these forums.

          • JerseyCynic says:

            so so true. we’ll never reach critical mass now . our early blogs and forums were really just preaching to the choir after a while. then it became an outlet for us. then the trolls came. then when more and more people started “waking up” and exploring the alternative media sites, blogger/etc. was becoming difficult and then the Facebook and it’s uncanny ease of posting, and you know the rest. NOW anyone with an ounce of inquiry about them doesn’t have a chance of “finding the truth” because — you know — it’s now conveniently ALL fake news.

          • JerseyCynic says:

            I used to have so much fun typing in google searches to see top hits to finish my search sentence. TOO FUNNY

            What happens when you reach the pinnacle of cynicism? I think the first answer was “you either become an asshole or a stand-up comedian” or something like that!

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        Mkey,
        You expressed how I feel also.

      • mkey says:

        I’m certain that once this breaks, and it will break sooner or later, all the bile being bottled up now will get spilt and flow down the streets. The longer this phase takes, more radical the backlash will be.

        A non violent solution is possible, but I don’t expect there will be one. What’s very probable to happen is that through turmoil new “leaders” will arise to the throne, capitalizing on powergrabs.

        Tribalism all the way.

      • ben7 says:

        Great comment Mkey! (10/14/2017 at 5:47 am)

        Wish we could up-vote!! (James?)

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Steebs says: (Referring to the Corbett Report) Why have you not done an open source investigation on Las Vegas?

      Corbetteer “whaugen” also asked the same question here…
      https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1306-new-world-next-week-with-james-evan-pilato/comment-page-1/#comment-44535

      Just following the Vegas incident, in this “New World Next Week”Episode 1305 https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1305-new-world-next-week-with-james-evan-pilato/ , Las Vegas was discussed along with how the news media directs everyone’s attention to target stories.
      The episode is well worth watching to gain more insight.

      “The directing of the public’s attention by the media” is a propaganda emotional reaction manipulation ploy which was also discussed just previous to and around that time by Corbett with “Bacon and Eggs” and Edward Bernays.
      “Why Do You Eat Bacon And Eggs?” (9 minutes)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah1uzuoM2Jg
      “Meet Edward Bernays, Master of Propaganda” (37 minutes)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44I3pMouCnM

      I’m not saying a “Vegas open source investigation” was poo-pooed by Corbett.
      He did not disparage the idea. Rather, Corbett was choosing to stay focused on other matters and not react to media stories.

      There are other places like Steemit where an open source of Vegas is going on.

      Corbetteer mkey has a pretty good take on Vegas and other incidents.
      https://www.corbettreport.com/so-youve-decided-to-boycott-google/comment-page-1/#comment-44589
      EXCERPT
      For a while I was working in this “ooh, lets see what they are doing now” mode, following various psyops and looking for all sorts of clues in these setups and now, from this perspective after some time has passed, I can see that investment of time and resource as what it really is – a complete waste. It hasn’t increased my awareness, it hasn’t added to my understanding of events nor have I realized anything substantial which would allow me to interpret any of “their” actions better. I have enough stuff going on, siphoning my attention away.

      “Mkey” also points out that a lot of folks are aware of 9/11 and the “engulfing” smoking gun events, but many haven’t followed through to the logical conclusions in their evolution of thought.

  2. dovel says:

    Thank you for your article. Right now Google is the first one that finds my latest blog article Tap Away Feeling Depressed with Pro EFT…all the search engines above find me but not the article except DuckDuckgo which is finding me recently. They all find Dr Weil’s attack piece from years ago where he quotes a non published study where non trained participant groups were each given the intro manual…two groups of untrained participants were given the intro manual with errors in the procedures put in on purposely…and in all 3 cases EFT worked. So Dr Weil’s advice is don’t use it, it doesn’t work…some first generation guy doesn’t know what he is talking about as to why it works. That one keeps coming up high…the medical wikipedia mouthpiece article. So Google is winning for me professionally. I will keep trying different search engines though. I am aware I don’t get to see other’s search results as Google tailors my search results to me.

    • Mark44 says:

      I am aware I don’t get to see other’s search results as Google tailors my search results to me.

      Sorry if this is a naive question but, do you need to be logged into Google to get “tailored” results?

      In other words, can/does Google still track/trace you if you don’t log in?
      What are the differences in search results between being logged in and not?

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        From personal anecdotal observations, I’m sure Google does, because they seem to try to feed my interests and it often overlaps into YouTube. And Amazon…those bastards. You can’t even look without them “suggesting” something similar.

        I feel like a crowd is following me and watching my every movement around the library bookshelves, and then the same crowd shows up at the grocery store, and then the gas station, and then the retail store.
        Then the crowd sends me tailored “coupons” and solicitations.
        If this wasn’t virtual but a physical world, I would be carrying a baseball bat and lure the crowd into a ghetto area one dark night.

      • mkey says:

        An ID will be used to follow you around. If you don’t suply the id when contacting their servers or if using some other device to access the server, they still may be able to determine it’s actually you on the other side based on your usage pattern, but that’s debatable.

      • NoMeatNoDairyNoProblem says:

        Yes, when you don’t log in, they still track you using cookies, your IP address and identifying information provided by javascript and flash.
        The results will be tailored (increasingly so, the more you use Google) but it’s not as blatant as the tailoring you see when you’re logged in.
        Also, I probably don’t need to tell you this but, if you use Google Chrome, everything you do online will be tracked whether you’re logged into an account or not.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      dovel,
      I like EFT.
      Can you provide a link?

  3. krimsomking says:

    Good Question but I think James kinda answered that in his previous NWNW interview 1305. Also I thinks it’s a smart move holding off. Everyone with a mic and a pulse has pounded this subject into the ether already. Misinformation and all! It almost feels like the powers that be changed the game on this one, a clever gambit to patch up those pesky Internet truth leaks that keep getting posted. With that pool drying the thirsty masses will take thier cups back to the msm.

  4. scpat says:

    https://www.qwant.com
    “Qwant allows the whole Web to be visible without any discrimination and with no bias. Our sorting algorithms are applied equally everywhere and for every user, without trying to put websites forward or to hide others based on commercial, political or moral interests.”

    https://metager.de/en
    “Only free software with open source code is under control of any user. In all other cases the users have to believe what the maintainers tell about what is going on inside. If maintainers claim that they have strictly implemented privacy and data protecion, users have to believe them. MetaGer is free software under GNU-AGPLv3 Licence. It is available to anyone at https://gitlab.metager3.de/open-source/MetaGer.

    The two links below contain compilations of privacy related and decentralized solutions to many internet activities (web search, email, file sharing, social media, etc.). The web search providers I suggested above were found through these links. StartPage personally recommended the below links as well.

    https://www.privacytools.io

    https://prism-break.org/en/

  5. danmanultra says:

    On a related topic I have been wondering about open source browsers. If we stop using bing or google but are still using chrome and IE then what does our search engine matter? I have no doubt the browsers themselves have their own problems with privacy as well. If anyone has any information on this idea I would be interested to know.

    • mkey says:

      I don’t know of any “good” browsers. Most are based on either chromium or gecko. I still use firefox, mostly due to various extensions. I wouldn’t trust Google chrome as far as I could delete it, but maybe there is something in Chromium browser, but it’s still probably heavily bound to Google.

      Maybe maxthon browser is worth a mention, but it has shifted focus to all sorts of cloud bullshit. I use that sometimes, it has some extension support and a built in flash player.

      Browsers are not easily maintained and so consolidation makes sense.

      • Steebs says:

        Here is a something from the EFF to test your browser for various tracking and adblocking. Although I’m sure we all already have adblockers.

        https://panopticlick.eff.org/

        • mkey says:

          “Yes! You have strong protection against Web tracking, though your software isn’t checking for Do Not Track policies.”

          “Do not track” “policy” lol
          Simply put, I can’t trust any browser I haven’t built myself and building a browser from scratch is a very daunting task, to say the least.

    • scpat says:

      danmanultra,

      Firefox. Privacy extensions. See my site links once my previous comment is moderated and appears in this comment section. I put in two links that go into great detail on how to secure your privacy including good browsers to use and even computer code settings for anti tracking and such.

    • Steebs says:

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.techworld.com/security/best-8-secure-browsers-3246550/%3Famp

      This article from tech crunch outlines what they believe to be the best privacy browsers.

      Based on what they said, this one looks good https://www.epicbrowser.com/
      They strip out most Google extensions, and route traffic through their servers (based in the US). They said it allows extentions like LastPass. I’ll download and try it out.

      For android, I use a combination of last pass’ browser if I want to look through my vault, and ghostery for browsing and such. Ghostery is really interesting because it tells you how many/what kind of trackers are being used.

      • mkey says:

        If you have privacy concerns, redirecting your traffic through a third party proxy is probably not the greatest of ideas. Same privacy considerations are valid for lastpass as well.

        Regarding ghostery, I used it for a while, but it had the tendency to stop working in a short while and start letting random stuff through. Now I reverted back to noscript, which does similar things, but they tend to break some sites, no matter the configuration.

    • andrewtnicholson says:

      I recently came across this new browser called Brave. https://brave.com/

      Here’s what the site says about privacy

      “Popular sites host as many as 70 trackers. Brave blocks the software that follows you around.
      The “private” or “incognito” browsing mode that others offer is not truly private. Those tabs mostly stop other people that use your device from seeing where you’ve been. Brave’s private tab stops trackers and will soon feature “Tor in the tab,” providing even deeper privacy.”

      It also blocks ads and trackers:
      “Brave blocks ads and trackers by default so you browse faster and safer. You can add ad blocking extensions to your existing browser, but it’s complicated and they often conflict with one another because browser companies don’t test them. Worse, the leading ad blockers still allow some ads and all trackers.”

      It certainly loads pages, particularly news sites, a lot faster.

      Worth checking out. I’ve been using it for a week or two now.

  6. mkey says:

    I don’t “like” startpage results. I do “like” Google results, which makes me think Google very much likes likes to track me and tailor results to something I may find pleasing. It’s not their sinister attempts that worry me, but their success.

  7. herrqlys says:

    I tried boycotting Google and Wikipedia by using Duckduckgo for a couple of months recently. On the surface this was a pointless exercise as Wikipedia figured prominently in the search results. There were also some minor presentation flaws in Duckduckgo that I found personally inconvenient.

    Like a wuss I went back to using both Google and Wikipedia for convenience, however the widely acknowledged exclusions (read: censorship) in Goodgle, Twitter and YouTube has made me reconsider. I’d rather revert back to the petty inconveniences than have URLs denied to me.

    I’m extremely interested in reading search engine reviews by Corbett Reporteers to assist me in choosing something other than Google.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      herrqlys,

      I often “wuss out” too. I am with what you say.

      By the way, “wuss” is such a classic term which I rarely hear now-a-days. Back in the 60’s, it was used often. My brothers and I often challenged each other on daring feats by calling the other “wuss”.

      An interesting tidbit about “Leave It To Beaver” (’57-’63) and the age of innocence. There is one episode where Wally or Lumpy or Eddie and maybe Beaver are having an argument outside. It gets heated and name calling begins. They start calling the other person “Pussy. You pussy!”. The term was repeated about three or four times. One guy takes off running away.
      My brother and I are rolling on the floor with laughter and shock. I have never seen that episode since.

  8. PeaceFroggs says:

    Well, for me, I’ve downloaded Yacy a few weeks ago, installed it (kinda complicated), and use it (though I must admit, very sparingly).

    My feedback so far would be this…Yacy has great potential, it is a great open source search engine for people looking to free themselves from algorithms and being spied on or what have you. However since it is open source, it needs more users for it to be successful. For now, search results seem limited and not particularly targeted to the word search, therefore I believe the more people come to use it, the more relevant the search results will be.

    As far as aesthetics, I always liked the clean, simple, white interfaces, especially the one Google uses, as for Yacy’s interface, it isn’t that bad, it’s actually pretty nice, and easy to navigate.

    IMHO, open source is as free as it gets, and if any search engine can dethrone corporate Google, it’s Yacy.

    • PeaceFroggs says:

      Btw for what it’s worth, I pronounce Yacy as (Yeah-See)

      Also, another tid-bit, once you type what you’re looking for in the search box, and then hit the “search button”, the next page has a side bar (to the left) that allows you to filter your search even more, in order to help target specifically what you are looking for (pretty cool little feature).

    • Octium says:

      Great to hear!

      It may not be a threat to Google anytime soon as far as it becoming a search engine used by everyday Joe Bloggs using the Internet due to the fact that users have to go to the trouble of actually installing it, dedicating resources such as physical hard drive space and network bandwidth and pay for the electricity to keep it running even when they are not using it themselves.

      However, I do not see any reason why even in the short term it could not become the search engine of choice for researchers and people that are already Awake to find information from others out there who have similar interests.

      Anyone who has their own website or blog on another site can run their own YaCy node and make sure that at least their own site is indexed even they do not use the search functions themselves.

      Really just needs promotion and if everyone who was interested in false flag attacks etc ran their own node and added important links then there would be no way to censor that information.

  9. lurrichenta says:

    I started using Opera as a browser a few weeks ago, as I like many of you, grew tiered of the main browsers… http://www.operasoftware.com was recommended by a friend, and it runs on open source software. Also it called my attention because of it’s own vpn and add blocker. So far, so good. it’s not that different but you can choose what search engine you want to use (from a few choices). For now Im using duckduckgo and glad to see search results that are far away from the limits google had me sicken with.
    Youtube on the other hand… need to start looking else where. I feel Im on sky or direct tv…

    • Octium says:

      I have been using Opera (Along with Firefox) for several years now and I must say that it is a good browser.

      Unfortunately in 2016 the company was bought out by the Chinese government (Well a consortium of Chinese companies which is most likely the government) So I don’t trust new versions of it.

      Even though Opera has been released for open source operating systems like Linux, Opera itself is not open source, so there is no easy way of verifying what it is up to.

      I have been trialling Pale Moon (A branch of Firefox) for a few months now and it seems mostly OK. Unfortunately it does not appear to work with Bitchute so I might give Brave a go next. I don’t trust Mozilla.org, but I think abandoning the Firefox open source code because of Mozilla is like throwing the baby out with the bath water, so I keep looking…

  10. NoMeatNoDairyNoProblem says:

    For years I was telling myself I’d kick my addiction to Google but I kept finding myself cheating.
    Eventually, I mustered the strength to add google to my hosts file and that served as a sufficient enough deterrent.
    I am now Google free and doing fine.
    The hosts file is usually located at Windows\System32\drivers\etc
    And you just need to add the following line to block google:
    127.0.0.1 google.com w w w.google.com
    (remove the spaces between the w’s)

    • mkey says:

      That’s good advice. My internet presence is so intertwined with google it’s sickening. Good thing I have nothing to hide (and encrypt stuff that I want hidden.)

  11. d-One says:

    Hi All
    Thank you for the useful information.
    I read all the comments up to this point.
    Here is my offerings ….

    – Did not know Opera was bought by Chinese.
    – I had a feeling Firefox was infiltrated. Soros? Really?

    – I recall hearing that Google tracks 30-40 data points to triangulate the user… from hardware & software configurations, cookies, Flash & Super cookies, on and on…

    -WEBRTC exposes your IP address… a new protocol / feature in some browsers …. and pushed by guess who… GOOGLE!

    -ublock origin adblocker … read that it was rated fastest.

    – Privacy Badger extension from EFF.org

    – “Lightbeam” extension for Firefox – (used to be called Collusion). Shows all the web trackers.

    -Search for “self-destructing cookies” for Firefox or “Tab cookies for Chrome”. Gets rid of those annoying ads that follow you around. (Does not show up in Chrome store. Link in article

    – Intuition / speculation says that open-source projects have been “influenced” or infiltrated by special interests.

    -One senior privacy person said the only way to have anonymity on the internet was to never get on.

    -Use multiple browsers … one for email, another for google products (youtube, search, etc) and another for general browsing.

    – Presearch,io – the name makes me squirm. Reminds me of the concepts of “pre-crime”.

    – Srware.net has Iron browser – neutered version of Chrome. (Pros / Cons, search internet for various discussions)

    -Slimjet is another browser … do your due diligence.

    – The Deep State & globalist like Soros with deep pockets can buy out or infiltrate any struggling organization.

    -Google influences Chromium projects, so who knows what kind of code is hidden deep in the belly.

    -Avast (free version) SNORTS all user’s data to cloud.

    -Windows 7 thru 10 have updates that track EVERYTHING!! Use Spybot Anti-beacon and many other anti-spying tools out there.

    – Apple & Micro$oft from the early days of Silicone Valley, were set up to be the two false choices – The Hegelian Dialectic) of the surveillance state. Remember DARPA was right in the middle of it. Follow the money.

    – I still think that the military was behind the development of currently used encryption methods. Do you really think they do not have a back door?
    Blockchains anyone?
    (Soft-disclosure in movies… Check IMDB for : Sneakers, Furious 7, others)

    • PeaceFroggs says:

      Heard you the first time…haha!

    • mkey says:

      Srware Iron is a scam, as per author’s confession. Well, he was boasting more than confessing, really.

      Isn’t slimjet just another chrome browser?

      • d-One says:

        Yes, according to that article. That is why I said search it out. However they do not offer any method to “Defang” Chrome. At least Iron has some Google spy features turned off by default. Change the search engine and he is not profiting off of you. (But without inspecting the code, you would never know.)

        Slimjet – if you find that it tracks user, let me know. Again, without reading actual code, or analyzing traffic/connections, you would never know.

        • mkey says:

          If you’re going to suggest something, then cover all the critical aspects. Srware Iron in my opinion does not deserve a mention on the list of alternative private browsers without explicitely stating facts about developer’s shady practices. In fact, I don’t think it should be mentioned at all, unless being listed under browsers which are best avoided.

          All of the chrome based browsers have the same stigma, blind trust won’t fix that. Even if one was disposed to check the code for spying, how often would one be disposed to do it? If anything, I’m trusting that someone would raise alarm if something was discovered, however I’m not certain I’d hear it.

          The inherent issue remains the same: if you can’t trust the source, you’re out of luck. If the system is going to spy on you, no kind of protection will prevent that. The only thing that would work would be to have a whitelist for sites which you want to allow your machineto access, but then you need a machine about which you can be certain it will honor you whitelist.

          To put things simply: if MS windows users want to feel safe, they should install their OS in an emulator under Linux and have the OS communicate through a gateway which will honor the whitelist. However, even then the problems will just keep piling on as various applications and sites won’t work correctly.

    • mkey says:

      To whom does webrtc expose the IP address?

      • d-One says:

        From article I read, it is a “protocol” that can be used to do peer to peer connections… directly, without a middleman server.
        Anyone sniffing packets would be able to see the IP address.

        That’s my understanding ….

        Do a search “webrtc privacy issue” or similar.

        • d-One says:

          Correction …. ignore line about sniffing packet.

          It was …. even if you were using a proxy / VPN / Tor …. WebRTC exposes your true IP!

          And … any websites can get that IP by making an inquiry to see if you have WebRTC available.

          • d-One says:

            There are ways to turn off WebRTC.

            uBlock Origins and other extensions can do it also.

          • mkey says:

            That’s quite a blunder. I’m not using VPN, but this certainly raises concerns. Sigh.

            For Chrome and Opera: Install the ScriptSafe extension from the Chrome Web Store, which will definitely disable WebRTC. It works for Opera as well, but it may be a cumbersome process to install it.
            For Firefox: There are two options: 1) Disable WebRTC directly by opening a tab and going to “about:config” in the address bar. Find and set the “media.peerconnection.enabled” setting to “false.” 2) Install the “Disable WebRTC” add-on from Mozilla Add-ons (go to @YourAnonNews for the link).
            Just so you know, disabling WebRTC may disrupt some Web apps and services, such as chat or other services involving your computer’s microphone or camera. If that happens, you can always enable WebRTC temporarily to fix that.

  12. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Question for Corbett members?

    Has anyone compiled a full list of search alternatives along with their personal take about some of them?

    We have Corbett’s list and also “NoMeatNoDairyNoProblem” right below.
    “scpat” adds some more https://www.corbettreport.com/so-youve-decided-to-boycott-google/comment-page-1/#comment-44578
    “andrewtnicholson” adds another https://www.corbettreport.com/so-youve-decided-to-boycott-google/comment-page-1/#comment-44611

    There are probably other “search alternative” suggestions which I missed.
    I would be very interested to see a “A Preferred Top 5 or 6” by Corbett members.

  13. Jopa says:

    When testing which alternatives had different algorithms and no blocks to sites that I knew were blocked on google (questionable copyright issue), these two ranked pretty good.

    Not sure about privacy policy, etc, but different algorithms and less filter bubble.

    https://www.ecosia.org/

    https://www.gigablast.com/

  14. mkey says:

    I’m currently checking out midori.

    http://midori-browser.org/download/

    This browser is open source, based on GTK, the windows version is a bit laggy for me, my machine is quite dated, but still midori process shouldn’t demand so much of my CPU. I’ll have to poke around to see what’s what. Memory usage is on par-ish with Firefox.

    The default search provider is Duck Duck Go.

    This browser comes with a number of inbuilt extensions. There’s ad blocking, JS blocking, several cookie managers, some sort of a flash player, a number of utilities and, my personal favorites, user script and user style support – to some extent, I have to check that out. There is some pussy footing required to get it to work.

    There doesn’t appear to be any keepass support for the time being, that’s the only thing I’m missing.

  15. ben7 says:

    I’m digging Brave browser

  16. mkey says:

    For anyone running into issues with uBlock, let me save you half an hour: there seem to be several versions, this one should work out OK on latest Firefox

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/

  17. david b says:

    forgive me for high jacking this thread, but I have a very surprising youtube about boycotting Israel. In a city near Houston you cannot get public assistance to get you through the hardship of the flood unless you sign some agreement unless you agree not to boycott Israel, Someone please view this … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPZS0R8neuM

    • mkey says:

      Could the matter be any more blatant? Putting that vile bullshit into the legislation, as long with music, movies, news, etc, is a way of normalizing it. Being pro Israel becomes a reflex reaction.

  18. mkey says:

    I received an e-mail informing me that Google has decided to delete one of my helper e-mail accounts which I kept for some of my side projects. That account was barely in use and there was nothing out of the ordinary going on there. If google sent some warning e-mails to it I didn’t read them, but nothing was sent to my main account.

    I have several similar accounts and all of them are not very much used, therefore I don’t think this one was deleted due to being scarcely used. Attempts to find out what exactly happened lead to nowhere, since I can’t login to it. This is making me thing – do I have maybe too much stuff bound to my gmail account? Well, yes, yes I freaking do.

    This has apparently being going on for a while now.

    Your Google Account has been deleted due to Terms of Service violations

    You received this message because xxx is listed as the recovery email for yyy.

    Hi,
    This message confirms that your Google Account yyy was deleted due to a violation of our Terms of Service that was left unresolved.

    To attempt to restore access to the account, please visit our account recovery page immediately.

    Google Accounts can only be restored within a short period of time after deletion.
    The Google Accounts team

  19. minnie says:

    I’ve been happily using Startpage as my main search engine for several years now (if it brings up Wikipedia, you don’t HAVE to go there – there are alternatives!). However, in the last few weeks I’ve noticed on several occasions that it just doesn’t give any results for my searches – and when I’ve then tested them on Gurgle it gives a lot of results. I wonder whether Startpage is having difficulties or has changed its methods of obtaining search results.
    At least this is shaking me out of my complacency, and I will give some of the other engines a try.
    I moved to Startpage in the first place because Gurgle had amassed so much bizarre info on me, based on my eclectic search patterns, that I was frequently getting only a handful of skewed search results or none at all.

    • Corbett says:

      I’ve noticed this, too. Something is definitely different with Startpage these days. We have to keep vigilant and not get settled into any patterns out of sheer habit.

  20. mkey says:

    Right from the start it was similar for me. Startpage usually returns no results for my local searches while google has a bunch, even too many. From the technical standpoint, I have to assume startpage has indexes of their own and they may be limited in scope since they are not the global behemoth google is. So they index frequently requested queries and don’t index the rest.

  21. Mielia says:

    I am so laughing about Mozilla and their new browser Quantum these days.
    I keep checking it out, partly out of fun.
    It has a new feature on his homepage: 3 new news articles (recommended by pocket – whatever pocket is).
    Three German newspapers/blogs have been prominently featured: Süddeutsche (liberal major paper, like for SPD-guys), Spiegel and scilogs (associated with Zeit). (So only msm websites.)
    So now the fun. Scilogs featured articles prominently by guys like Stefan Rahmstorf (this one exactly: https://scilogs.spektrum.de/klimalounge/wo-kachelmann-irrt/). So “climate science” at it’s best. After all he is just a leading member at the PIK. THE German climate institute.
    Süddeutsche – of which I got the most recommendations the last days – has now an article titled: “Der neue Firefox könnte das freie Web retten”, meaning “the new firefox could rescue the free web”.
    http://www.sueddeutsche.de/digital/mozilla-der-neue-firefox-koennte-das-freie-web-retten-1.3752126
    More obvious collusion couldn’t become :D.

    Mielia

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