Stop using Google. If you don’t know why, you’re not paying attention.
Of course you could switch to Start Page. But I have found it to be unattractive and not rich enough in features. The only feature they have that I admire is the proxy feature and that’s slow and not very practical for most media driven purposes.
I highly recommend going with a lesser known search engine called “Duck Duck Go”. I have taken the time to build my own custom search options in the Duck Duck Go settings and I have exported those settings to the URL that I will use as my home page so that these settings are used every time I go “home”. You’re welcome to use my settings (linked below). These settings maximize privacy, minimize ads, and use colors that are pleasing to the eye after extended periods. Every setting has been thoroughly considered and nothing left to aesthetic preference.
Duck Duck Go has a militant stand on your privacy. Read their policy. They collect nothing.
If you’ve never heard of Duck Duck Go, you should really check out the “goodies” they offer. It’s absolutely incredible. Everything accessible from the search page. For example, try these searches: (take notice the box at the top that gives you the immediate answer)
There are so many commands and different possibilities. What with them adding the ability to query Wolfram|Alpha, it’s just amazing how instant your answers are, once you learn to use the proper syntax.
Anyway, I’m going on and on. Try it out. Take back your privacy. Get the hell out of those personal bubbles that search giants put you in. Quit making them filthy rich and oppressive. Your searches are your thoughts. Think about that.
It’s your privacy and it should stay that way.
If you would rather try the search engine without my settings, that’s okay too.