Following DuckDuckGo and Startpage (the former ixquick), Gibiru is the latest addition to the slowly growing group of anonymous search engines, all of which promise to put your privacy before their profits. Like Startpage, one of Gibiru's selling points is that you may use it to privately search Google's own data banks – giving you all the benefits of a Google search but with none of the privacy risks. .
So, how does Gibiru fare against other anonymous search engines? This review of Gibiru takes a closer look.
[Note from author: If you are unfamiliar with the term
private search engine or with the privacy threats regularly attributed to use of the Google search provider, please see the section at the end of this article: What are anonymous proxy search engines and why do we need them?].
The founder and CEO of Gibiru, Steve Marshall, announced in a press release that his service is exactly what Google was 10 years ago. This comment mimics exactly the CEO of Weinberg's statement when he launched his DuckDuckGo site. Like DuckDuckGo and Startpage, Gibiru claims to allow its users to search in private, stating that the site
does not use your IP address or cookie data when it returns the search results.
The search system used by Gibiru apparently follows a modified Google algorithm that allows you to receive the search results you are used to from Google while still concealing your identity from Google's servers. If true, your searches won't be modified according to who you are, and you will be free of the so-called
Google filter bubble.
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