Away with Google (and Bing)

Discussion in 'Science, Tech, & Space Exploration' started by wwkirk, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. wwkirk

    wwkirk Celestial

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    What browser do you use?
    What's your primary search engine?
     
  2. Rick Hunter

    Rick Hunter Celestial

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    I thought browser and search engine were the same thing. We use Chrome at work. I try to use Duck Duck Go as much as I can personally.
     
  3. wwkirk

    wwkirk Celestial

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    Interestingly, in the case of Chrome, browser and search engine are practically the same. It's different for other browsers though.
     
  4. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    Browsers and search engines are two different animals. Some do both, but they are two different things.

    Which browser - just a web surfing app generally - depends on what you're doing. If you involve financials and forms of payment, careful there. If you're just surfing it probably doesn't make much of a difference. I use several for different reasons.

    Internet Exploder (since retired) and now Edge come with your Windows operating system so if you have a fresh Windows load or new PC you have a browser right there out of the gate. But, you can download and install other web browsers that might suit you depending on what you are doing. The general idea is to be able to look at web pages and have all the videos or animation or whatever you want to see actually work without being overwhelmed by ads and pop ups and crapola that collects, usually not to your benefit.

    Search engines are NOT unbiased. About any browser you find, including Edge, will have an option to pick the one you want to use somewhere in it's settings. Google is generally fine and can be handy but it is NOT unbiased and when you search for something it can show you whatever the Lords of Google deem acceptable. So they can and do subtly skew things for or against whatever they want just by providing search result. Cheeky bastards. I got lazy and when I took the time to look at what browsers I had been using and what search engines I said 'oh my' and had to make some changes. The reason all this stuff is provided free is because the data regarding your habits is of value and often you might not be aware of how much of this data you are providing. No matter how careful you are, you're providing that data to one degree or another.

    If you are a novice and want to try a different browser try this one: Download Brave | Brave Browser
    It should look kind of familiar. Go into the settings and make your default search engine DuckDuckGo. I noticed an immediate difference in the results for the better. You don't have to make it the default browser for your PC or even use it too much. Use it once in a while to fiddle with it so you don't disturb however it is you do things now. You don't like it, just remove it. Vivaldi is more for an advanced user with different needs - I will say I like it !

    That help? Hope so.
     
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  5. Rick Hunter

    Rick Hunter Celestial

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    Thanks, I'll give that a try.
     
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