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.
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.
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.
StartPage Key features
Personal data always personal
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.
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.
- Click the wrench icon on the toolbar.
- Select Options (or Preferences, or Settings)
3. It will open on the Basic tab. Go to Search options. Press the Manage Search Engines Button.