Quote The Elf:Quote CaptainChoptastic:
I'd never heard of Ninite, DuckDuckGo or WaterFox, and I thought I was pretty IT savvy (at least, that's what I tell my employer!).
All very useful sites (and I hadn't heard of DuckDuckGo either!).
If you're interested:
For a proper 'non-spying' search engine, try IXQuick .
If you really *must* use Google, then Startpage provides an interface to Google, produces the same results, but stops Google harvesting data.
It may be no big deal, but I trust Google about as far as I could comfortably spit them out.
How do DuckDuckGo finance their "free" service?
The point with Google, and with most privacy issues is not to put yourself in a position where you HAVE to "trust" them. If you ask for directions, the person you ask will remember where you were going. A good shop assistant remembers your preferences. If that information has commercial value, good luck to them!