Startpage is a privacy-focused web search engine which highlights anonymity as its distinguishing feature. Early it was known as the metasearch engine Ixquick, Startpage being then a variant service. Both sites were merged in 2016.

StartPage.com a new way to search privately

Ixquick was founded by David Bodnick in 1998 and has been owned by Startpage B.V., based in the Netherlands, since acquiring the internet company in 2000.

The company also provides the stand-alone proxy service, Startpage.com Proxy, which is incorporated into the Startpage search engine, allowing users the option to open all search results via proxy. The company has also developed a privacy-protecting email service, called StartMail. This service was released to the public in 2014.

Searching method

StartPage wants to be, according to its own statement, the “most private search engine in the world”.

With StartPage you use the search engine Google, without the Internet company can track you. For this, the service anonymizes your requests and then sends them to Google. So you benefit from the strong Google search algorithm while protecting your privacy. From now on, websites can also be surf anonymously and securely. The search history is also not saved by this discreet search engine. And after the anonymous search engine is based in the Netherlands, it can not be forced by any US jurisdiction to divulge user information.

Most recently, StartPage now has the “Anonymous view” feature, which also allows you to access websites anonymously. The feature promises to disguise your true identity, protecting you from profiling, tracking, spyware, and malware. But not only technically, but also visually, but a lot has also happened. So the look of the website was completely redesigned. To call an anonymous website, just click on the marked link next to the title of the search result. The visited website sees only Startpage.com as a visitor, not the actual user.

StartPage Key features

Personal data always personal

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The search engine doesn’t collect or share your personal information. Ever. There’s literally no data about you on its servers. None. As per the company, they don’t profile you, and can’t be forced to hand over your data to authorities, simply because they don’t have any data to hand over.
Discreet view

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Clicking search results means leaving the protection of Startpage.com. This could lead to a barrage of cookies being installed on your device. That’s why the discreet search engine developed the “Anonymous View” feature. With “Anonymous View” you can visit search results in full privacy, and keep on browsing: They’ll never know you were there. You’ll find the feature next to every search result.

No Filter

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Other search engines use your search habits to serve you results they think you want, essentially trapping you in an echo chamber of results. With Startpage.com, you break through the filter bubble to see a wider variety of results.

Make startpage.com your default search engine.

Startpage is compatible with most of the web browser, see the step by step method to make it your default search engine.

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  1. Click the wrench icon on the toolbar.
  2. Select Options (or Preferences, or Settings)

3. It will open on the Basic tab. Go to Search options. Press the Manage Search Engines Button.

Startpage and DuckDuckGo a small rising option to Google

StartPage is not the only search engine that wants to provide users anonymously with their services. A well-known example is DuckDuckGo.In contrast to StartPage, however, the search queries are not anonymized and then forwarded to Google. At DuckDuckGo, various search mechanisms are used, such as the Yahoo engine and the Wikipedia directory.
In a direct comparison between DuckDuckGo and Google, you can see quite well why Google is so often used despite all the criticisms: Google offers the best search results and the most convenience. StartPage is a kind of middle ground: On the one hand you benefit from strong anonymization methods, on the other hand, you get the results you would have found on Google. You have to accept cuts wherever anonymity sets limits: for example, you can not logically use your current location or search history to get more personalized results.
Go Startpage!