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Old 03-26-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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alternatives to gmail and google search


Am getting a bit concerned over Google's policies and practices, and am wondering if anyone has some suggestions for good alternatives to Google search and a non-intrusive free email service
 
Old 03-26-2012, 01:16 PM   #2
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I like GMX's mail service. I prefer gmail over it, but gmx is a close second for me.

As far as search, I've always like Dogpile, which is a meta-search engine that pulls results from multiple engines.

I know duckduckgo is popular with other LQers though.
 
Old 03-27-2012, 11:14 AM   #3
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Should i be nervous about taking advice from someone who is promoting Google+, whose online nickname is 'Cultist', and who has submitted (at this point) 666 posts? Oh, what the heck, you're from Kuwait, so you can't be all bad, and i'll put superstitions aside for now. I'll look into both GMX and Dogpile, have already perused duckduckgo. I'd give you some reputation points as well, but that feature is periodically missing, not sure why. So just saying thanks is all i can do at present.
 
Old 03-27-2012, 12:22 PM   #4
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If your main concern is privacy, ixquick appears to make an effort to assure you some level of it. Their query results are usually OK.

Free webmail services (that claim to be privacy-minded) include Hushmail and Lavabit.

As usability and features go, Google's apps don't have a "free" equal that I'm aware of. Not even close. (You pay for access to those apps by handing over a lot of data. Not an acceptable tradeoff for some folks.)
 
Old 03-29-2012, 01:04 PM   #5
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Thanks. I'll check those out as well.
 
Old 03-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #6
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I wont comment on email since I use Hotmail which probably is just as bad, but for search; I recommend duckduckgo.com go there an read the little thing at the bottom about tracking.
 
Old 03-29-2012, 08:01 PM   #7
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I'm trying to use duckduckgo at the moment, when I remember, and I can't say I'm fond of the page layout of only five results per page -- it's like being back in 1994.
As for email, I bit the bullet and paid for hosting. I know I could probably get better service free but it's cheap, I get to have multiple SMTP addresses, and I get some hosting thrown in.
I wish I didn't go for a .com for political reasons but otherwise, I'm happy.
 
Old 03-29-2012, 09:00 PM   #8
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If your main concern is privacy, ixquick appears to make an effort to assure you some level of it. Their query results are usually OK.
In the States, ixquick is known as startpage.com. I've been using them for three years or more with no complaints. If they don't perform for me (which is rare--maybe a dozen times in that period), I use Dogpile.

I've been happy enough with startpage routinely to make it my default search in my browsers.
 
Old 03-29-2012, 10:37 PM   #9
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I'm trying to use duckduckgo at the moment, when I remember, and I can't say I'm fond of the page layout of only five results per page -- it's like being back in 1994.
WTF are you going on about, it doesn't only provide five results per page; your full of it!
 
Old 03-29-2012, 10:41 PM   #10
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WTF are you going on about, it doesn't only provide five results per page; your full of it!
Yes, I Lied, sometimes it's 9 or 8, or 10, or 7.
I'm not sure whether it needs scripts or it's just not as it ought to be, but it only returns a few results to me and, to add insult to injury, they're hover links or some such.
 
Old 03-29-2012, 10:58 PM   #11
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I'm sorry, i must apologize for that accusation, I've just done a double check, and i don't know how yours works, but when i use it, it doesn't seem to have pages, but instead loads more results as i scroll down.
 
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I find it odd that a google-alternative seems so heavily laden with scripts. I'm sure it's innocent but, if so, why are they using scripts at all?
 
Old 03-30-2012, 01:52 AM   #13
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search: clusty.com
 
Old 07-26-2013, 09:51 AM   #14
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The correct answer as of today will be DuckDuckGo. All others either use Google directly or indirectly, but DuckDuckGo is a pure new search engine. Also, DuckDuckGo.com is the only one whose traffic has been really growing (3million in Jul 2013). See this if you need a comparison (DuckDuckGo vs Startpage vs IXQuick)

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