Some people might be interested to know what the requirements are to be included as a search engine in Privacy Browser.
- The search engine must produce usable results.
Some search engines allow users to alter the default functionality, like the theme or pornography filtration levels, which usually requires cookies. This behavior seem reasonable to me, but default functionality of the website, like advancing pages in the search results, must work without cookies.
The current list of search engines is as follows.
Startpage is the current default search engine, although there are things I don’t like about them, and I would be happy to switch if I could find something better.
Metager is quite good, but with default settings on Privacy Browser it includes ads that use a URL redirect to track users. Startpage does this on standard browsers, but doesn’t on Privacy Browser with default settings. I don’t mind looking at ads, but I do mind when they look back at me. I would be very reticent to make a search engine the default if it returns results that use tracking URL redirects when I have at least one option that does not do so.
I have considered switching to Mojeek as the default search engine, but there are concerns there as well, and currently it is not as good as Startpage.
DuckDuckGo used to be the default search engine, but it was supplanted when their privacy chops started going down hill.
Users can add whatever search engine they like using the custom option.