Private.sh: A search engine that doesn’t track you

Search engines make your lives easier by displaying answers to our questions that are hidden on the web. Before or after showing the results, they may link your queries with your account or IP address/browser/OS.

Several private/proxy search engines claim to keep you anonymous from the source from which it gets the results. The latest addition to the list of the private search engines is Private.sh. Private was launched last month by the founder of Gigablast and Private Internet Access VPN. It removes your private information such as IP address from the request header and encrypts the query before sending it to the search engine. The web server of the SE will read the header and the query and will respond with the search results.

Private.sh sources search results from Gigablast. GB is a search engine that has over a billion pages in its index. It charges $0.25 for each URL you add to its collection/index.

PSH lets you search for news and information on the web. It supports country level filtering. When you enter the keyword and click the “Search” button, you’ll find 10 results on the screen. At the bottom of the final result, you’ll find a “Load More” button. If you click this button, Private.sh will display 10 more results.

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Settings

The option to access the settings interface is located at the top left corner o the website. PSH boasts the following three toggle options in its settings interface:

Hide Objectionable content: This toggle option is disabled by default. If you want PSH to filter lewd or disturbing content, you should enable it.

Show Thumbnails in search results: The results are accompanied by a small rectangular picture. This image is picked up from the web page. PSH lets you disable the thumbnails.

Country and language: If you ignore this option, PSH might show results that may not be relevant to your region. For example, if a phone is not available in your country, PSH might display it in the search results.

Private.sh displays the number of results that were found and the time taken to compile the list on its sidebar. The search engine will discard spam or the low quality/duplicate results from the list before showing the results on the screen.

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Highlighting

Like other search engines, PSH highlights the keyword the user had entered in its search box before clicking the “Search” button.

Ad

Private.sh flaunts a rectangular banner on its sidebar. The banner has details about a VPN service and a “Get started now” option. This is the only advertisement you’ll find on this website.

Auditing

According to its developers, Private.sh extensions are built with popular open-source technologies. The developers will allow users to audit the code.

Extension

The Private.sh extension is available in the Firefox add-on repository. Although the PSH website has a link pointing to its Chrome extension, it is not available on the Chrome web store yet. If the extension was published, it has been removed either by the developers or the Chrome store.

Pros

Good attempt: PSH is a good attempt to keep the user of the search engine anonymous.

Cons

Doesn’t answer questions: For basic queries such as “when was Karl Marx born?”, “What is the temperature right now in London?”, Private.sh displays only the results. It doesn’t display the answer to the question. You’ll have to open the website and read its content to get the answer.

Spelling: If you enter a misspelled word in the textbox of PSH, the SE might not display the search results.

Logs: The web server that powers Private dot sh may or may not be logging your information. The developers need to clarify whether the user’s IP and his device information is logged or not before PSH gets and processes the results from the search engine.

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Summary

Private.sh is a new privacy focus search engine. It is easy to use and has basic settings.