9 Alternative Search Engines Only Advanced Users Know
It is said by many regular folks in the Internet, “If you are not in Google, you don’t exist.” Though this may have resemblance of being factual, as the majority of the world’s netizens are using a form of Chromium browser than anything else. As the browser is our window to the online world, whatever company that has the monopoly of the web browser market dictates the direction of the Internet and its future innovations. However, there is a world outside of Google, searching the contents of the web is not rocket science, only becoming security and privacy conscious as time goes by. The more we use alternatives to the Google search engine, the better the web will evolve towards a secure future and privacy-respecting tool not only for us current users, but for new users in the coming years as well.
Here in Hackercombat.com, we provide you a quick list of alternative browsers. Useful to you, to me, and to all users of various levels of IT technical knowledge:
Russia’s largest search engine with a market share of nearly 65% Russian. Yandex has parallel search capabilities that display the main web index results and specialized information resources such as blogs, news, image and video webpages, and e-commerce sites. In addition, search engines provide supplemental information and include spell checkers, auto-completion features, and virus protection to detect malicious content on web pages.
2. The Wayback Machine (AKA Internet Archive)
This is a non-profit digital library that aims to provide universal access to all knowledge. The Internet Archive consists of approximately 3 million books that apply to websites, music, images, videos, software applications and games, and the public domain. From 2016, there were 15 petabytes of data in the internet archive and advocated a free and open internet. Its web archive, known as the wayback machine, allows users to search for iterations of websites in the past. It contains over 308 billion web captures and is one of the largest digitization projects in the world.
Get results from multiple search engines in additional meta search engines and directories, and present them combined to the user. The Advanced Search option allows you to refine your search by specifying words, dates, languages, and adult content. You can also set your own preferences and customize the default search settings. In addition, Dogpile recommends related content based on the original search terms, tracks the 15 most recent searches, and displays recent popular searches from other users.
This is an open source search engine for finding software development projects including new frameworks, libraries and tools. Monitor over 2.5 million open source libraries across 34 different package managers. To collect library information, the website uses a dominant package manager for each supported programming language. Then, organize them by package manager, programming language, license (MIT or GPL), and keywords.
Is search engines for children. The Kiddle interface features hand-painted crayon and colored marker designs and is written in a distinctive, colorful Google style. Also, the search results may have changed slightly. The search engine returns web pages from sites like famousbirthdays.com and britannica.com. The aim is to provide simple, easy-to-read content that kids can understand without much effort.
SearchCode is a free source code and document search engine that finds code snippets from open source repositories. More than 20 billion lines of code are indexed from projects such as Google Code, Github, Sourceforge, GitLab, Bitbucket, and Codeplex. Most web crawlers have problems searching for special characters used in code. SearchCode overcomes this problem and allows you to search for codes by method names, variable names, operations, usage, security flaws, and special characters much faster than other code search engines.
Founded in 2009, Yippy is a meta search engine that provides result clusters. Search technology is used by IBM Watson Explorer, a cognitive search and content analysis platform. With Yippy, you can search for different types of content, such as news, images, blogs, government data, etc., and filter result categories wisely or flag inappropriate content. Like Google, you can view cached web pages and filter results by source or tag cloud. Also, each result has a preview link that shows how the content looks on the same page.
Is a meta search engine that provides the top 10 results for various search engines. To rank the results, we use a “star system” which awards one star to each result returned from the search engine. Thus, the results returned by most search engines are at the top. IxQuick does not save your personal information – no history, no queries collected. However, it will automatically be deleted if you do not use the 90-day visit IxQuick. The network is growing very fast, with about 5.7 million searches per day, and currently supports 17 languages.
9. Creative Commons Search
This search engine is very useful for bloggers and authors who need content that can be reused in blog posts and commercial applications. It allows users to search for images and content released under a Creative Commons license. The website provides social features, allowing users to create and share lists, add tags to objects in Commons, and save searches. In addition, we provide useful filters such as search for images that can be used for commercial purposes, images that can be changed or reused, and search within tags, titles, and creators.
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Kevin Jones, Ph.D., is a research associate and a Cyber Security Author with experience in Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments, Monitoring solutions, Surveillance and Offensive technologies etc. Currently, he is a freelance writer on latest security news and other happenings. He has authored numerous articles and exploits which can be found on popular sites like hackercombat.com and others.