You probably use Google regularly to search the Web -- and Google records your every move and selection. Here are two alternatives recommended by the team at Nord, which makes a good VPN solution that I also recommend. A VPN protects everything you do on the Web from the data vacuums used by your ISP, e.g. Comcast and Verizon -- who also track everything you do on the Web.

Think about all of this for a second. Companies mine all of the information you send and receive on the internet -- including emails, purchases, documents etc -- build extensive profiles and sell the details. That includes anything private and confidential that you receive, send or purchase.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Mark Hays

The ultimate tools for your online safety

We asked our developers and sys admins which search engines they would use personally and what they could recommend you:

DuckDuckGo is probably the best known alternative search engine. It doesn’t use cookies that can identify users and discards IP addresses from its server logs. DuckDuckGo also shows the same search results to everybody, which is refreshing when compared to Google’s aggressive profiling.

StartPage is another privacy-focused tool our tech team recommends. It sources its search results from Google, which is a good thing if you simply want Google without the tracking.