Oscobo is a new privacy centric search engine which doesn’t store your personal data or IP address
Tech savvy users will be aware how Search Engines work and make money from advertisers.
For those unaware, here is a very brief description.
Most services collect some personal information when a search query is made, to deliver an optimized experience for the user.
This is usually to provide relevant information, and also for displaying ads, which is how most websites monetize. However, some users are concerned about this, and tend to use more privatcy centric services, like DuckDuckGo. These are especially useful, when you are looking for Medical articles and the like, information which you would need to keep personal (like a Hospital would).
A new player has joined in the game, to provide such a service. Enter, Oscobo, a UK based service. We came across Oscobo at an article posted by The Enquirer, also a UK based website. They interviewed the men behind the search service, Fred Cornell and Rob Perin. It does have some interesting insight on how Search Engines work in regards to user privacy.
The two co-founders have strong technical background behind them, previously working at Yahoo and BlackBerry respectively. In fact it was that, which had led the two to create Oscobo, as an anonymous search engine.
Yes it is so secure, in that, it does not store your searches, IP addresses or any other personal data. Unlike most ads, which are displayed based on web pages you visit, the ads displayed on Oscobo are based on search terms alone. The service only collects the following data: hit-rate analytics and search terms (totally anonymous), possibly to improve the service.
Go ahead and give Oscobo a try at, https://oscobo.co.uk/. It uses HTTPS encryption protocol by default.
The Search Engine is based on the code implied in the Bing/Yahoo partnership, which is then delivered in an algorithmic database. The only disadvantage of Oscobo, is that it delivers UK based content at the top.
The website’s founders have hinted that Oscobo would be expanded to other regions in the future. We did find two Google Chrome extensions, one for US, and one for UK users, and the latter does hint at a global website. An add-on for Firefox is reportedly in the works as well.
But for now, you can bypass the minor region hindrance, by using more accurate search queries related to your country, in fact you can mention your country in the search to get a better search result.
You can use it similarly as you would any Search Engine, to find web articles, images videos and news. There are absolutely no settings available whatsoever, to change the way content is delivered.
Another small downside in the service, is that Oscobo doesn’t use OpenSearch technology, so you can’t make it your default search engine as quickly as can be done with more popular services. Instead you will manually have to add it to your browser.