Private Search Engines


An analysis of the value proposition and relevant consumer comparison points of 13 private search engines, including Duck Duck Go, Qwant, and Startpage.

Early Findings

  • DuckDuckGo is considered one of the most secure and privacy-oriented search engines as it does not track searches. The metasearch tool gathers results from more than 400 sources, including Bing.
  • Compared to other private search providers, DuckDuck Go allows users to limit their search by region. It also offers enhanced and instant results without tailored ads.
  • DuckDuckGo is rated 3.5 out of 5 based on 81 reviews on TrustPilot.
  • On Site Jabber, it is rated 3.3 out of 5 based on 142 reviews.
  • 13 private search engines, including DuckDuckGo, Qwant, and Startpage have been entered into this spreadsheet.


  • The initial hour of research was spent gathering ten additional private search engines, ranked as some of the best.
  • The value proposition, brief description, ratings, and customer review examples of DuckDuckGo have been entered into the spreadsheet.

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