Safari allows you to browse internet without the need to go first to Google, Yahoo or any other search engine’s main page. While usually Google is the default search engine, you do not have to go to the website to perform a search. All you need to do is open Safari, enter the term that you want to search and you will be directed to the results page. Even though most people love Google and don’t have any complaints about having it as their default search engine in iPhone or iPad, that doesn’t mean that you have to stick to it.
Of course, many users prefer to continue using Google, since they are used to all its features. However, privacy concerned users are looking for other options since Google is known for gathering user’s searching history and data for advertisement. In fact, Google was fined over $ 22 Million for Safari privacy violations in 2012. Google was circumventing Safari security setting in order to track users and target them with ads.
If you would like to try other options like Duckduckgo – which is a search engine that is focused on protecting your privacy – Yahoo, or even Bing, you can do it with this fast solution. In iOS 8, you can switch Safari’s default search engine to any of the options mentioned above. Just follow the below easy steps to select an alternative to Google.
1. Open Settings and scroll own to Safari and tap on it
2. In the Search Engine option you will be able to see what is the search engine that is currently in use.
3. You can choose between Google, Yahoo, Bing and DuckGoGo. That is all you need to do. It is simple and quick.
DuckDuckGo may be a good alternative if you want a secure search engine since it does not store personal information about your search engines. It claims to offer a service free that does not keep data such as IP addresses and that does not track you. However, Google offers better search results thanks to its vast database and resources. It is not coincidence that it is the most popular search engine. While DuckGoGo may get the attention of those who want to protect their privacy, the truth is that Google is a more powerful and convenient solution.