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People finder websites, just like a social media application, are meant to connect you with others. You can know them before, or they might be someone new to you. However, the primary purpose of a people searches engine is to find out if you need to get in contact with the person or not.

For example, you require a roommate to share the rent, and you need to know about the person before you allow them space. Now, if you do not have enough knowledge of that individual, then maybe things will mess up for you, too. But with the help of a people search engine, one thing that you will make sure of is that the person is trustworthy.

So, the question arises how these sites are different from the usual social media applications? A people search engine will help you find social profiles and let you know if the person has any criminal or arrest records. In other words, these search engines can help you find email addresses and phone numbers so that you can contact someone hard to find. Moving on, we will look at some of the best people search engines. So, let's begin.

List of People Search Engines

1. BeenVerified

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The first people search website which is on our list is BeenVerified. One of the websites best known for its simplicity and features. It stands out because of its easy-to-tackle tabs and the expected results shown to the users. BeenVerified can help you in searching the names, email addresses, phone numbers, and location.

BeenVerified sets apart because of the extra details such as social media accounts, professional background, address history, pictures, friends and general information. However, such information is for free on the website. But if you want a full report on someone's background, like criminal records, court records, and more, you will have to get a membership ($39.99 for one month).

Features

  • Combines social graph and public record
  • Authentic information
  • Offers criminal record
  • Affordable service
  • App available for smartphones
  • US-centric

2. Spokeo

Spokeo People Search Engine

Spokeo, a US-only people search website, works well searching details from white page listings, public records, and social networks. People are explored using a name, email address, phone details or location. It happens because Spokeo has claimed to uses deep web technology to get results that usually search engines miss out on.

The results are driven from more than 60 social networks, online profiles, dating site profiles, but it works only in the US. So, it can be used outside the US, but its results are US-based. It simply means that you will not find any of your friends if they don't live in the US. However, if any of your relatives live there, you will find them.

The service also has a paid subscription, starting at $4.95/month.

Features

  • Best for connecting with people
  • US-based searches
  • Basic results for free
  • Easy to use

3. PeopleFinder

PeopleFinder

PeopleFinder has indexed millions of data available publicly into its system, which helps in finding an individual. Furthermore, it uses Intelius' backend service for details of that particular person. It is a great platform to reconnect with the people with whom we have lost contact.

The best part of PeopleFinder is the free address of the person you are searching for. However, many other search engines fail to provide that. Also, on submission of only $2.95, you can search for the complete report of that person, which includes financial information, relatives, phone numbers, court records, and much more.

Features

  • Best for free users
  • Recent address available for primary users
  • Quite affordable
  • Intelius-backed service
  • Check criminal and social records
  • Search results can take considerable time

4. Whitepages

Whitepages People Search Engine

Finding a person on the internet is a hectic task, and gathering information about them is more like searching hundreds of diaries and notebooks. While a people search engine like Whitepages makes your job relatively more manageable. It's an excellent tool for users who want to get more than just social or professional information. If you want a full background report, you will have to obtain a premium subscription, starting at $19.95/month.

Whitepages bring you detailed information about a person based on contact, addresses, properties, court records, criminal records, liens, and judgments. In addition, it offers details around family members & associates, current contact details, etc. You will find a person here just by entering their name/location/phone number/ address. It is a great tool for instant results.

Features

  • Best for hiring employees
  • Accurate contact information
  • Basic info for free users
  • Global search available

5. Instant Checkmate

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Instant Checkmate brings you data from public profiles, federal data sources, and state & country data sources. It uses advanced technology for finding these sources. A clear report is then presented after searching the person. The report shows all the data as simply as possible.

One thing you should note before buying the subscription starting at $19.99 that Instant Checkmate is a US-only people search engine. It is used as a public record research service and provides the required details like any other people's search engines.

Features

  • Search through publicly available data
  • Best for criminal and background checks
  • Advanced search filters
  • Access property data

6. Intelius

Intelius People Search Engine

People finder and searcher Intelius is another search engine that gives us the data for people search details, email lookup, social network search, property records, background check, criminal records, or reverse lookup.

However, the problem with Intelius is that it is not free, and the results are only for the US. There are two different ways to subscribe to the engine. One is just for the people search report. While people search report plus (includes email search & social network) and background report, starting at $29.95/month.

But you can avail of a discount of 50% for the first month which brings your fee to $15.95 for one month.

Features

  • Reconnect with old friends
  • Review property data
  • Exhaustive criminal and court records
  • Best for background checks
  • Myriad of social tools
  • US-only
  • Pretty expensive

7. Truthfinder

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Comparable to the known people search engine Pipl, we have Truthfinder. The main difference between the two is that Truthfinder only works in the US alone. In contrast, the Pipl works across the globe. You can search for an individual's police records, check court records, photos from social media, contact information, and much more.

Truthfinder is more like a background check besides being a people connector. If you are searching for employees or a college mate to share your room, Truthfinder is a better option than Pipl. Truthfinder uses Federal, State, and County data sources to gather information.

For free users, you can only see basic information like age and possible location. In addition, the search takes considerable time to show the results. But Truthfinder has some great tools like reverse phone, address lookup, family tree, and dark web scan.

Features

  • Best for background checks
  • Accurate US-only results
  • A vast database of criminal and court orders
  • Multiple tools, including reverse phone
  • Basic information for free users
  • Takes considerable time to show results.

8. PeekYou

PeekYou people search engine

After testing this search engine, it was seen that the results were not as they were expected. However, they were not bad either. PeekYou provides details about a person based on their social media accounts, web profiles, email addresses, contact details, and other public records.

It has a patented technology that helps it bring data from 60 websites, news sources, homepages, blog platforms, and several other sources. You can search for people using names, location, web-username, or phone reverse search with that much information.

PeekYou works best for US residents, and it can be used for the global search as well. So, if you are getting all the details for free, you do not have a right to complain.

Features

  • Proprietary algorithm to offer accurate results
  • Phone reverse search
  • Global search available
  • No sign-up required

9. Pipl

Pipl People Search Engine

Pipl, probably the best people search engine, is here. Pipl is the exclusive engine that provides the data for a global audience. It quickly gets you professional, social, and contact information. On Pipl, you can find people using their name, email, username, or phone number.

For some time, Pipl was used for free, but that's not the case now. Also, the company has targeted professional users mainly. The website also shows that it should not be used for personal or non-commercial uses.

The service allows a subscription of $298 per month for an annual subscription. It also gives a $198/month/user plan that supports up to 5 users and a $148/month/user supporting 10 users.

The best part is Pipl gives you an unlimited number of searches.

Features

  • Accurate information
  • Free search for 5 days
  • Social media linking
  • Minimal information required
  • Available worldwide

10. Us Search

US Search

With a simple User Interface, this search engine stands out in its performance. You can get your desired results in just a few seconds. All you have to do is enter the first and last name, and you will get results. If you want, you can provide additional information to filter the results much faster to give you the results you need.

With that free search, US Search gives you a chance to search for the paid search option, too. Being one of the oldest people search engines, US Search has a vast amount of data.

Features

  • Affordable service
  • Pretty fast
  • Best for US-based searches
  • Oldest database
  • Automatic filter

All in all, People Search Engines can be very handy for gathering micro details about anyone. These details are significant before hiring a new employee, renting out our space, or working on a delicate project. One thing is accepted everywhere: a People Search Engine can provide you with great details than any other social media. With time, significance of People Search Engine has increase, and seeing that Association of Internet Research Specialist have compiled a list of Specialized Search Engines. This list includes a database of People Search Engines besides the top 10 mentioned Search Engines. Do have a look.

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Artificial Intelligence offers "unprecedented potential to revolutionize" spam fighting. Blocks estimated 99% of spam from search results

Google announced the introduction of new artificial intelligence (AI) tools to help fight against a range of spam. Internal estimate calculates that the AI has the ability to block 99% of spam.

Unprecedented Potential to Fight Spam

There are multiple forms of spam that Google fights at different points in which Google interacts with web pages.

What Google has done is to create a spam-fighting artificial intelligence that Google describes as providing an “unprecedented potential to revolutionize” spam fighting.

Google specially focused its spam-fighting algorithms on sensitive searches that were especially important to users like those related to important topics like finding medical testing sites.

“By combining our deep knowledge of spam with AI, last year we were able to build our very own spam-fighting AI that is incredibly effective at catching both known and new spam trends.

For example, we have reduced sites with auto-generated and scraped content by more than 80% compared to a couple of years ago.”

Hacked Site Spam

Spammers will hack a site and add new pages with links to other sites. A widespread site hack that Google warns about is called the Japanese keyword hack because it adds Japanese language pages. It can also take over your Google search console account.

Google claimed to have caught “most” spam generated by site hacking. AI technology was able to increase Google’s ability to catch it by over 50%.

Three Areas Where Google Blocks Spam

Google published a diagram outlining three levels at which it encounters spam, diagnoses it as spam, and then rejects it.

Illustration: Three Area Where Google Blocks Spam

Diagram illustrating where Google AI blocks spam

Where Google Blocks Spam

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  1. Crawled Spam
  2. Indexed Spam
  3. Spam Caught by Manual Action

Spam Blocked Before Making it to the Index

Google’s crawler (GoogleBot) is software that crawls the Internet to find web pages to include within Google’s search index in order to show those pages in search results.

The crawler itself can catch spam as it encounters it so that the spam doesn’t make it to the index.

Spam added through the Search Console Request Indexing tool is also caught and discarded before it is included in Google’s search index.

Spam in Search Index Blocked Before it is Ranked

These systems don’t catch all the spam and some spam makes it into Google’s search index. Whenever Google responds to a search query Google will scan web pages that are being considered for ranking in order to find more spam.

Spammy pages that are found at this level are used to create better spam-fighting algorithms at the web crawling level.

Where Manual Actions Come From

Google claims that these systems block 99% of spam from reaching users. What makes it through is culled through manual actions.

“We estimated that these automated systems help keep more than 99% of visits from Search completely spam-free.

As for the tiny percentage left, our teams take manual action and use the learnings from that to further improve our automated systems.”

Review Site Spam

Google added low-quality reviews and shopping sites to the list of sites that are analyzed by their AI tools. Google says it wants to reward content that is in-depth and useful.

“…we wanted to make sure that you’re getting the most useful information for your next purchase by rewarding content that has more in-depth research and useful information.”

Google Spam Fight Enhanced by AI

The AI tools were added sometime in 2020. It’s unclear how much this may have influenced search results but some sites may have received better rankings because of the removal of spam sites that were previously high ranking.

It’s difficult to say from our side how successful Google’s spam fight is. Everyone has an anecdote about a spam site that is getting away with ranking on Google.

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Categorized in Search Engine

Google and Microsoft Bing are the largest search engines that satisfy users' informational needs every day. Let's explore a detailed comparison of the two here.

When it comes to optimizing a website, SEO professionals typically focus on Google. After all, it’s the world’s most popular search engine.

But what about Microsoft Bing? Is it worth optimizing your site for, as well?

Let’s see how these two search giants, Microsoft Bing (rebranded from simply ‘Bing’ in October 2020) and Google, compare.

Google vs. Microsoft Bing Market Share

One of the first distinctions between Microsoft Bing and Google is market share. According to Statista, in February 2021, Bing accounted for 6.7% of the global search market, while Google took 86.6%.

That’s pretty huge.

And while that may make it tempting to focus on Google alone, Microsoft Bing provides good conversions and has a user base that shouldn’t be ignored.

That 6.7% of search users accounts for millions who use Microsoft Bing every day.

It’s particularly important to optimize for Bing if you’re targeting an American audience. In fact, one-third of online queries in the U.S. are powered by Microsoft properties when you factor in Yahoo and voice searches.

Some have wondered over the years whether Bing is an acronym for “Because It’s Not Google.” I’m not sure how true that is, but the name does come from a campaign in the early 1990s for its predecessor, Live Search.

Another fun tidbit is that Ahrefs recently did a study on the Top 100 Bing searches globally and the #1 query searched was [Google].

Comparing Google vs. Microsoft Bing’s Functionality

From a search functionality perspective, the two search engines are similar, but Google offers more core features:

Feature Google  Microsoft Bing
Text Search Yes Yes
Video Search Yes Yes
Image Search Yes Yes
Maps Yes Yes
News Yes Yes
Shopping Yes Yes
Books Yes No
Flights Yes No
Finance Yes No
Scholarly Literature Yes No

How Google & Microsoft Bing Differ in Size of Index and Crawling

Google says:

“The Google Search index contains hundreds of billions of webpages and is well over 100,000,000 gigabytes in size.”

Even so, not even Google can crawl the entire web. That is just not going to happen.

This is why using structured data is so important. It provides a data feed about your content so Google can understand it better, which can help you qualify for rich results and get more clicks and impressions.

Microsoft Bing hasn’t released similar figures. However, this search engine index size estimating website puts the Microsoft Bing index at somewhere between 8 to 14 billion web pages.

The two engines have shared a little about their approaches to web indexing.

Microsoft Bing says:

“Bingbot uses an algorithm to determine which sites to crawl, how often, and how many pages to fetch from each site. The goal is to minimize bingbot crawl footprint on your web sites while ensuring that the freshest content is available.”

Around the same time the above statement was made, John Mueller from Google said:

“I think the hard part here is that we don’t crawl URLs with the same frequency all the time. So some URLs we will crawl daily. Some URLs maybe weekly. Other URLs every couple of months, maybe even every once half year or so. So this is something that we try to find the right balance for, so that we don’t overload your server.”

Google has a mobile-first index, while Microsoft Bing takes a different stance and does not have plans to apply a mobile-first indexing policy.

Instead, Microsoft Bing maintains a single index that is optimized for both desktop and mobile, so it is important to make sure your site experience is optimized, loads quickly, and gives users what they need.

Google has evolved into more than just a search engine with products like Gmail, Maps, Chrome OS, Android OS, YouTube, and more.

Microsoft Bing also offers email via Outlook, as well as other services like Office Online or OneDrive.

Unlike Google, however, it does not have its own operating system. Instead, it uses Windows Phone 8 or iOS on Apple devices.

Now, let’s take a look at where Bing is on par with Google – or superior.

Differences in User Interface & Tools

Google has a clean, simple interface that many people find easy to use.

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So does Microsoft Bing, though; in my opinion, Bing is actually a little bit more visual.

Both search engines display useful information about related searches, images, companies, and news and do a great job of informing users of everything they need to know about a given topic.

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SEO professionals love our tools and data.

Thankfully, both Google and Microsoft Bing have decent keyword research tools that offer insights into performance:

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One area where I think Google falls behind is the data it provides in Google Search Console. If you want to learn how to use it, check out How to Use Google Search Console for SEO: A Complete Guide.

One of the cool feature sets in Microsoft Bing is the ability to import data from Google Search Console:

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Another Microsoft Bing feature that I think beats Google is the fact that it provides SEO Reports.

According to Bing, these reports contain common page-level recommendations based on SEO best practices to improve your rankings.

The reports are automatically generated biweekly and provide tips as to what to work on or look into.

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See A Complete Guide to Bing Webmaster Tools to learn more.

Microsoft Bing May Excel in Image Search Over Google

When it comes to image search, Microsoft Bing may have a leg up on Google by providing higher-quality images.

I like the filtering features in its image search, too, because you can turn titles off and search by image size, color, or type.

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Test out Bing Visual Image Search, which allows you to do more with images. Check out its library of specialized skills to help you shop, identify landmarks and animals, or just have fun.

Then, see How Bing’s Image & Video Algorithm Works to learn more.

Google has more images available for viewing than Microsoft Bing. Make the most of it with the tips in A Guide to Google’s Advanced Image Search.

However, Microsoft Bing provides more detailed information about the image users are searching for.

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How Microsoft Bing & Google Handle Video Search

Microsoft Bing provides a much more visual video search results page, including a grid view of large thumbnails.

Google’s video results are more standard, featuring a vertical list of small thumbnails.

Microsoft Bing also provides a preview of certain videos and clicking on them does not take you away from Bing, which is cool. From my perspective, it also provides much more information in video results.

As you can see from the screenshot of a movie search below, they include ratings and reviews, as well as the cast and even where you can watch the movie, which is great.

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I did not get this experience with Google video search.

This is one area where Microsoft Bing definitely outperforms Google.

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Map Listings on Both Search Engines Matter for Local SEO

Both engines have similar functionality for maps, including map listings and local listings in the search engine results pages (SERPs).

Make sure you claim all your listings in both Microsoft Bing and Google and optimize your profile with business information, photos, proper categories, and links.

Accurate name, address, and phone number (NAP) information are key.

See A Complete Guide to Google Maps Marketing.

Optimizing for Google Search vs. Microsoft Bing

Google is primarily concerned with E.A.T: Expertise, Authority, and Trust.

Google Searches are powered by machine-based algorithms that take into account users’ previous search history and location when generating results.

This means that if a particular user wants to find something specific on Google, it will be much easier than on Microsoft Bing because Google has a more complete picture of who that person is before they type anything in the browser.

Google has always been a link-orientated search engine in which the quality of links still matters instead of quantity. Links are not as important on Microsoft Bing.

In my opinion, Microsoft Bing has always been focused on on-page optimization. It puts more weight on content that is well optimized, or that includes important on-page elements like titles, descriptions, URLs, and content.

Unlike Google, Microsoft Bing states in its webmaster guidelines that it incorporates social signals into its algorithm. That means you should also focus on Twitter and Facebook – including building good quality content on your site and social platforms – if you want to rank highly in Microsoft Bing.

Content is extremely important for both search engines. Always focus on high-quality content that satisfies the user’s informational need. By creating useful and relevant content, users will naturally love it and link to it.

So, for example, if I am looking for cars, you should show me valuable content on the topic: how I can buy a car, cost, maintenance, what the shopping experience is like, etc.

Both speed, mobile-friendliness, and proper tech infrastructure matter for both engines. However, Microsoft Bing focuses more on anchor text usage. Bing has been known to reward sites with matching anchor text for a page title, which was devalued by Google many years ago.

Make sure you check out these resources for optimizing for various search engines:

  • Going Beyond Google: SEO on Other Search Engines
  • 7 Alternative Search Engines That Do Social Good
  • Embracing Bing Search & Giving It the Attention It Deserves
  • DuckDuckGo SEO: What You Should Know

Google Search vs. Microsoft Bing: The Verdict

Both Microsoft Bing and Google satisfy the informational needs of millions of people every day.

They both offer opportunities for your brand to reach new users and put you in front of millions of qualified customers who are looking for information, products, and services.

Optimizing for both search engines is similar. Microsoft Bing is more focused on on-page optimization and incorporates social signals, while Google is more focused on E.A.T. and links.

Microsoft Bing has definitely improved over the last year and is more competitive with Google, especially in its unique features.

That’s why I recommend optimizing for both, to reach the lion’s share of internet searches and maximize visibility.

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Categorized in Search Engine

Same Energy is a new Web tool that’s perfect for photographers looking for visual inspiration. It’s an AI-powered visual search engine that provides a fast and simple experience for exploring visually similar photos.

The website was created by Canadian developer Jacob Jackson, who launched it into beta last week.

“We believe that image search should be visual, using only a minimum of words,” Jackson writes on the site. “And we believe it should integrate a rich visual understanding, capturing the artistic style and overall mood of an image, not just the objects in it. We hope Same Energy will help you discover new styles, and perhaps use them as inspiration.”

You can start by providing one or more keywords, uploading/dropping a photo, or by clicking one of the featured images on the homepage. Every time you click a photo in the grid on the screen, a new search is performed to identify visually similar photos, and the new results fill the screen within seconds.

Here are some examples of visually similar photographs:

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Here’s what you get if you search for “street photography” and then click through on one of the results:

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A search for “street photography” brings up photos related to the keywords.

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In addition to clicking any photo on the screen to perform a new search based on that photo, you can also right-click to view any photo at a larger size as well as bring up more info and options (name, source page, save, search, and hide).

Jackson says his search engine uses deep learning at its core and currently indexes 19 million images shared on Reddit, Instagram, and Pinterest.

“The principal advantage of our search is that it works without any tags or metadata: all we need is the image,” Jackson says. He’s considering selling API access to the visual search as a business model for Same Energy, but for now, the project remains free to use, ad-free, and unmonetized.

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Categorized in Search Engine

Ever since the internet's inception in the '80s, there have been many game-changing developments and innovations. Among these, some of the most exciting changes have been the existence of various web spheres. One of these has been particularly controversial, and it is the dark web.

What the Dark Web Actually is And Why People Use it

Various web spheres exist, including the deep web, dark web, and clear web. Here are some ways in which these three differ from each other.

The clear web, also known as the surface, normal or open web, is the internet that you usually use on a day-to-day basis. These are websites that have been made available to the general public and are indexed by search engines. You can also access them using regular browsers, for example, Chrome.

In contrast to the open web, the deep web is not available to the general public, nor is it indexed by search engines. However, unlike the dark web, deep web pages exist to keep various things operational. You can access the deep web using standard browsers. Examples of entities that use the deep web include banks, hotels, and libraries.

Thirdly, you have the dark web. It is inaccessible via regular browsers, and it is not available on sites that are indexed by search engines. To access the dark web, you will require software that is compatible with the Tor network.

The dark web uses complex systems to turn user IP addresses anonymous. That makes it extremely difficult for your online activity to be tracked or traced back to a particular address. 

Tor stands for The Onion Router, and millions of people use it each day to access the dark web. It works by wrapping itself around your message, thus forming layers of encryption to achieve anonymity. Subsequently, searches and messages don't directly arrive at the destination you intended, keeping your identity anonymous.

You could choose to use the dark web to gain access to services and pages that you cannot access using your standard browsers.

Another reason for using the dark web is to maintain anonymity, and there are many reasons you might wish to keep your online identity private. One of them may be because you want to exercise your right to free speech, and your government doesn't allow it. Political censorships and media gag orders are among the reasons why people seek to use the dark web.

Lastly, the dark web could be used for illegal dealings such as peddling prescription drugs, prohibited drugs such as cocaine, and toxic chemicals. Criminals also use the dark web to sell illegal arms and weapons.

Much like the other web spheres using the dark web can be dangerous. For instance, when checking your bank statements and email online, your information could be intercepted and sold to fraudsters online. Your passwords could be cracked when you connect to public Wi-Fi and decide to access the deep web.

Five ways to protect yourself when using the dark web

1. Use a Virtual Private Network

If you want to have maximum online protection when using the dark web, you need to use a Virtual Private Network. According to ExpressVPN's guide to what is a VPN, it is a network that helps in protecting your data and keeping your online information confidential. When you are using the Tor browser, it is still possible to track your online traffic. As long as the other party has enough time on their hands, sufficient resources, and the right skills, they can easily trace your online activity back to you.

They can even leak your IP address if they want, which can be very damaging. By having your VPN working in the background while still using your Tor browser, these problems are avoidable. As your VPN encrypts your traffic, it also keeps your IP address safely hidden from government surveillance and hackers even when there is a leak in your Tor network.

2. Beware of malware

Malicious software is found in the three web spheres, including the dark web. An excellent way to ensure your safety while browsing online is to install your malware program as well as your antivirus.

You should also continuously renew the two as hackers rely on your forgetfulness. Overlooking your malware and antivirus will allow the hackers to exploit this vulnerability. Once they back up your computer system on the dark web, all your services and apps will be open to attacks.

3. Use a dedicated browser

You need to have a dedicated browser if you intend to use the dark web. Using a dedicated browser is much like using the standard browser, but the difference is that it indexes websites existing on the dark web. While using your browser, the best way to remain safe is to divulge the least possible information about yourself.

Refrain from random searches while online and avoid giving personal information even when the website requires it. When you notice suspicious links, please do not click on them. These measures will ensure that there are very few traces of your presence on the online web.

4. Stay anonymous

Ensure that you keep your private information private at all times. You can never be too careful. Taking the relevant precautions before and after you open your Tor browser will make you less vulnerable to hackers. Before you go into the dark web, close all your non-essential apps, for example, your password managers.

Also, stop unnecessary services on your device from running and cover your webcam using a piece of tape or paper. It is prevalent for hackers to access users' webcams without the individuals even noticing. Remember also to turn off your location, as it can be used to obtain your IP address.

5. Familiarize yourself with the governing laws

Accessing the dark web is not categorized as illegal in most states. However, having possession of certain items and being part of specific actions is. Different states have different laws governing dark web activity, and you should be familiar with state and federal laws governing dark web activity. Familiarizing yourself with the law will allow you to avoid activities that are branded as illegal.

The internet is a great resource and offers solutions to various problems and queries. Like everything else, the internet comes with some issues you can easily avoid and shield yourself from. Having the above knowledge will help you to browse the internet safely.

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Categorized in Deep Web

GOOGLE’S GRIP ON the web has never been stronger. Its Chrome web browser has almost 70 percent of the market and its search engine a whopping 92 percent share. That’s a lot of data—and advertising revenue—for one of the world’s most powerful companies.

But Google’s dominance is being challenged. Regulators are questioning its monopoly position and claim the company has used anticompetitive tactics to strengthen its dominance. At the same time, a new wave of Google rivals hopes to capitalize on the greater public desire for online privacy.

Two years after publicly launching a privacy-focused browser, Brave, founded by former Mozilla executive Brendan Eich, is taking on Google’s search business too. The announcement of Brave Search puts the upstart in the rare position of taking on both Google’s browser and search dominance.

Eich says that Brave Search, which has opened a waitlist and will launch in the first half of this year, won’t track or profile people who use it. “Brave already has a default anonymous user model with no data collection at all,” he says adding this will continue in its search engine. No IP addresses will be collected and the company is exploring how it can create both a paid, ad-free search engine and one that comes with ads.

But building a search engine isn’t straightforward. It takes a lot of time and, more importantly, money. Google’s search algorithms have spent decades crawling the web, building up anindex of hundreds of billions of sites and ranking them in search results.

The depth of Google’s indexing has helped secure its market-leading position. Globally its nearest rival is Microsoft’s Bing, which has just 2.7 percent of the market. Bing’s own index of the web also helps to provide results in other Google rivals, such as DuckDuckGo which uses it as one of 400 sources that feed into search results.

Eich says Brave isn’t starting its search engine or index from scratch and won’t be using indexes from Bing or other tech firms. Instead Brave has purchased Tailcat, an offshoot of German search engine Cliqz, which was owned by Hubert Burda Media and closed down last year. The purchase includes an index of the web that’s been created by Tailcat and the technology that powers it. Eich says that some users will be given the ability to opt-in to anonymous data collection to help fine-tune search results.

“What Tailcat does is it looks at a query log and a click log anonymously,” Eich says. “These allow it to build an index, which Tailcat has done and already did at Cliqz, and it's getting bigger.” He admits that the index will not be anywhere near as deep as Google’s but that the top results it surfaces are largely the same.

“It's the web that the users care about,” says Eich. “You don't have to crawl the entire web in quasi-real-time as Google does.”

The Brave Search team are also working on filters, called Goggles, that will allow people to create a series of sources where search results are pulled from. People could, for example, use filters to only show product reviews that don’t contain affiliate links. A filter could also be set to only display results from independent media outlets.

And Google might soon have even more competition. There have been unconfirmed reports that Apple is building its own search engine, although this could see it lose billions of dollars that Google pays it to be the default search choice on its Safari browser. Further competition comes from Neeva, built by former Google engineers who plan to use a search subscription model; You.com, which is in an early testing phase; and British startup Mojeek, which has crawled more than three billion webpages using its own crawler tech.

It remains to be seen how much of a dent any of these rivals can make in Google’s dominance—or if they actually need to if they’re going to succeed. Google’s rivals can be successful in local markets and make profits on a much smaller scale. Search engine Seznam has an 11 percent market share in its native Czechia, while Russia’s Yandex has 45 percent of its local market share. DuckDuckGo, which has most of its users in the US and Europe, has made a profit since 2014 and passed 100 million daily searches for the first time in January.

The closure of Cliqz offers some important lessons. When it shuttered in April 2020, the company said that despite having hundreds of thousands of users it couldn’t cover its own costs. In the search business, some scale matters. “The world needs a private search engine that is not just using Bing or Google in the backend,” Cliqz said when it announced its closure.

Brave has one advantage when it comes to people who might use Brave Search: its web browser. The company says the browser, which launched in 2019, already has 25 million monthly active users— in the future they may all be potential search users too. However, Eich says Brave Search won’t be forced upon people as a default, to begin with.“We will have it as an alternative not as a default because we'll still feel like there's more work to do,” he says. “As it gets good enough, I think we will try to make it the default engine in Brave.”

[Source: This article was published in wired.com By Elena Lacey - Uploaded by the Association Member: Jason bourne]
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Finding people in this tech-dependant world is as easy as walking in the park. All you need is the right tool to go about it. Today, you can easily track down someone’s information through their name, address, phone number, email address, or any other identity detail.

People Search Engines: How to use them?

People search engines are widely popular today as they help in finding the whereabouts of a person. It is similar to using a web search engine, so instead of adding the search term, you need to add the name or other vital details about the person.

Why Use People Search Engine?

A people search engine is a website that stores multiple information about a large number of people and provides it to people who need it. There are a bunch of reasons why people would want to search for other people. Instead of visiting the local clerk’s office and getting the old school way, you can think about the people search engine.

A search engine for people’s information is a platform like Radaris you can find by the link above; it helps locate a person you cannot find anywhere else. Whether it is to find your schoolmate after years or conduct an identity verification of your new employee, the people search engine. All you need to do is lookout for people search engines that can prove helpful tools for people searching.

Most of the software is free to use, which means you can search for information for free. Some provide one or two searches for free, so you need to opt for the paid subscription. Either way, you can avail yourself of the advanced searching services from these tools.

Many people are searching for software in the market that may confuse you, so it is always better to conduct thorough research and choose your ideal one.

What Details Can You Search On These Search Tools?

Here are the details you could find on these tools:

  • Full name
  • Age
  • Mailing address
  • Social media accounts
  • Resumes and employment history
  • Death, divorce, and marriage
  • Videos, pictures, and more
  • How To Use A People Search Engine?

Now that you have understood the potential and importance of people search engines, you would want to know how you can start using one. Using these search tools is super easy, which is why these are so popular among people. You don’t require any special training or assistance to start using the tools.

Here are the steps you need to follow to use people search engine:

Download or Visit The People Search Engine

The first and most crucial step to get started is to visit the people search engine or download the software. It depends on the platform you choose to search for people. Before making a move, it is imperative to understand everything about the platform. Make sure to check the license and regulation of the software and ensure its legitimacy.

Add The Details

The next crucial step is to add all the details to get you the information regarding the person. In most of the software, you will need to add first name, last name, city, zip code, etc. It is an essential step, so you need to pay close attention to it. Some people’s search engines are filled with information from multiple locations, so you have to be specific with your details.

Hit The Search Button

After adding all the information, all you need to do is to hit the search button. If you happen to choose reliable software, you will get faster and legit details. So, it depends on the platform you choose. Some software may require some of your details before it provides you the information. Check whether the platform offers free services or has a paid subscription.

The Bottom Line

People’s search engines are way too popular than you can imagine. These are advanced search tools to find people just by adding their name or contact number. People search tools come in handy in different situations. Hence, it is essential to learn how to use these search tools.

The above mentioned were the steps you need to follow to start using a people search engine in the right way. Make sure to understand the features and benefits a particular tool offers and then avail of its services.

Always choose a credible and reliable website that will make your searching experience worthwhile.

[Source: This article was published in abcmoney.co.uk By Debora Marcus - Uploaded by the Association Member: Anna K. Sasaki]
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Microsoft Bing updates recipe results, similar-looking items, expandable carousels, infographic panels, and local answers design.

Microsoft announced several updates to Microsoft Bing Search that make the search experience more “visually immersive,” the company said. This update goes across many different search features including recipe results, image search’s similar looking items, expandable search result carousels, infographic knowledge panels, and the design of the local answer.

Let’s go through each update briefly below.

Infographic-like search panel experience

Microsoft launched these new knowledge panel designs that have very visually appealing. Microsoft said it’s goal is to “provide both style and substance” with this new look. Here is a screenshot of what it looks like, notice how the right panel, as well as other parts of the page, are very visually immersive.

bing search infographic panels

Local answers show more information

Now when you search in Microsoft Bing for the local answers you will get more information from Bing Maps, top images, visitor reviews, and more. It is not just a “single carousel of images or just a text summary of one aspect of what you’ve searched for,” Microsoft said. Here is a GIF of that in action: 

Expandable search carousels

Microsoft also added these expandable carousels where you will a carousel of answers that showcases just the results’ high-level information to avoid crowding the page. If you decide you want to learn more about a specific result, hover over it, and Microsoft Bing will then expand the result with more detailed information. 

Similar looking items image search feature

Within Microsoft Bing Image Search you can now click on an image and use the similar-looking item feature to highlight a part of that image to see more images that look similar to that portion of the image. Microsoft said “for example, in the “DIY coffee table” result, you may see wicker baskets that fit the table’s look and feel. With just a click, you’ll get image results of similar-looking items, and can directly click off to retailer sites to purchase a particular basket if you’re sold on it. “

Recipe results with more information

When you search for recipes, Microsoft will show you a list of recipes and let you expand to see more. In addition, the recipes experience will now let you see what it extracts from the page and then aggregates the content of the most relevant recipe and presents it in a single view on the search results page. This can show calories per serving and user reviews, plus expand to show you an ingredient list and possible substitutions for when you don’t have everything on hand, a drop-down menu for you to scale the recipe to a certain number of servings, and nutritional information. 

 [Source: This article was published in searchengineland.com By Barry Schwartz - Uploaded by the Association Member: Rene Meyer]
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Google said this launched in November, so it seems Google is November but is just announcing this now.

Google announced on Twitter that in November 2020 it has released an update to Google Image Search that reduces duplicative images in the image search results: “We made an improvement to Image Search to reduce duplicate images so that we can display others that are relevant yet visually distinct.”

Visually distinct. Google has said the images it shows are now more visually distinct from each other, providing a more diverse set of relevant images for your query.

Here are some screenshots Google embedded to convey the differences:

Screenshot google

November 2020. Google said in its announcement that this went live in November 2020, “we hope this improvement, which we introduced in November, helps everyone better make use of Google Images to be inspired and informed as they search visually.”

If your site gets a lot of Google Image Search traffic, you may want to check back at your analytics to November time to see if there were any substantial changes to your image search traffic.

Alternate meanings. Google added that it made improvements to the images and categories it uses for alternate meanings of words. The obvious example Google presented was the jaguar, which can be the animal, sports team, car manufacturer or others.

Google previously added a menu at the top to let you filter based on those alternate meanings and better narrow down the search results to what you are looking for.

Here are the examples of this:

google search liason

Why we care. If your site depends on Google Images for traffic, you may have already noticed changes to your traffic back in November. Either way, this update is from a few months back and Google is now just announcing that it went live. Hopefully, you fared well with this update.

Google launched it in order to provide a better set of diverse images for searchers when they use Google Image Search.

[Source: This article was published in searchengineland.com By Barry Schwartz - Uploaded by the Association Member: Paul L.]
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The Brave web browser has set out to become one of the best Chrome for desktop alternatives, and this latest move puts it in a pretty good position. Brave announced in a blog post on Wednesday that it has acquired the open-source search engine, Tailcat, and is integrating it into its privacy-focused web browser.

Brave web browser is coming after Google with its own privacy-based search

For those not familiar with Brave, it's an open-source web browser made using the Chromium source code. Because of this, it looks and feels like Google Chrome in many ways, although without many of its bells and whistles, while also claiming to be more battery efficient. The main difference, though, is that Brave is focused on privacy, something that Google often struggles with. Brave does not track its users for targeted ads and instead has partnered with various companies to serve "privacy-respecting" ads that can reward users by just watching.

Brave just pulled a fast one on Google Search

By purchasing Tailcat and turning it into Brave Search, users will have a fully-integrated solution for private browsing as an alternative to Google Search and Chrome. CEO and co-founder of Brave Software, Brendan Eich highlights the invasiveness of Big Tech as a motivation for launching a privacy-focused search engine:

Brave's mission is to put the user first, and integrating privacy-preserving search into our platform is a necessary step to ensure that user privacy is not plundered to fuel the surveillance economy.

The company maintains that because Brave Search is open source, it will remain independent so that improvements made to the platform are from anonymous contributors. It outlines in a paper how its ranking model will be built to avoid any bias with search results. Users will also have the option for an ad-supported or a paid, ad-free experience, and those that choose ads will not be targeted. Brave Search is aiming for full transparency with its users.

Brave points to the recent exodus of WhatsApp users to services like Signal as a sign that users are actively seeking more private alternatives for their apps and services. The company believes that this move makes it the right choice for users who are looking for an alternative to Google. It's even open to making its search engine available for other browsers.

Brave has open sign-ups to test its upcoming search engine, although there's no word on when it will be available.

[Source: This article was published in androidcentral.com By Derrek Lee - Uploaded by the Association Member: James Gill]
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