Hide My Searches doesn’t track you like Google does.
Google’s tracking goes far beyond just your searches. If you’ve signed into Google on your phone, it likely has a detailed history of everywhere you’ve been.
Every time you search on Google, you’re giving Google an increasingly complete idea of who you are. You likely don’t even notice the details that you’re giving Google. For example, if you have a medical condition and you search for the best treatments for that particular issue, Google will know what you’re struggling with. This information could potentially be embarrassing or harmful to your reputation.
Let’s pretend you’ve contracted a sexually transmitted infection and you search for the best treatment for that infection. Next time you’re browsing you may be shown ads for “herpes treatment”, which could be embarrassing if you’re showing a co-worker something you found online.
It’s unfortunate that searching for something on Google can lead to being bombarded with ads related to your search term. This not only reveals information about your past searches, but it also means Google is constantly targeting you with (often annoying) ads.
Google’s display network “reaches more than 2 million websites and 90 percent of internet users.”CPCStrategy.com
What Information Does Google Have Stored About You?
With Google, your searches and other data are tracked, analyzed and packaged into a data profile all about you.
This information includes your location from Google Maps, Android devices and other Google apps. Google also collects your search and browsing history, YouTube viewing history, browsing data from Chrome, voice recordings from Google Assistant. You can easily download a file of all the information Google has on you…and it’s creepy.
Hide My Searches Delivers More Objective Results – No Filter Bubble
When Google tracks you, it uses that data to determine which websites and content you’re most likely to interact with. This information can influence which sites show up first in your search results. The effect of only seeing content similar to what you’ve looked at in the past is called a filter bubble.
Filter bubbles are a result of algorithmic content recommendations, like Facebook’s News Feed or Google’s search engine. While this “customization” may make your search results seem more relevant, it actually isolates you from the full spectrum of information.
If you routinely visit more conservative news sites and you search on Google for a political issue, you’re more likely to be shown conservative news sites in your results. While you’re probably more interested in these sites, this effect has dangerous implications. If any searches about political or controversial topics only return results that you agree with, your views will never be challenged and will just become more and more polarized over time.
“Filter bubbles” are at least partially to blame for the polarized political climates seen in the United States and around the world.
Hide My Searches is a Search Engine…We Don’t Offer Other Services To Collect Your Data
Google wants you to use its full lineup of products (Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, etc.) because it can collect more data about you from each one. As a private search engine, we don’t need your data. In fact, we see collecting and storing user data as a risk, because it just brings on the potential for a hack or data breach.
Hide My Searches is a search engine only, and we don’t need access to your data to make money. When you search on HideMySearches.com, we display ads above your search results. These ads are based solely on the search term you entered, and not on any of your past browsing behavior. Google wants you to use all their products so they can understand how you use the internet and the best ways to advertise to you.