Courageous’s search engine takes on Google, promising to let customers surf the online with out leaving a hint
Courageous, the corporate recognized for its eponymous net browser, has announced the launch of its personal search engine dubbed Courageous Search. The product, which is at present in beta and is constructed on a wholly unbiased search index, guarantees that it gained’t monitor customers, their searches, or their clicks.
Courageous Search was announced in March of this yr when Courageous acquired the Tailcat search engine in a bid to supply a non-public various to Google. It has since been examined by over 100,000 customers who’ve signed up for preview entry. The worldwide beta is now accessible for the desktop, iOS, and Android variations of the ad-blocking Brave web browser. Nevertheless, even when you don’t use Courageous, you’ll be able to nonetheless take a look at the search engine from any browser by punching in search.courageous.com.
“In contrast to older engines like google that monitor and profile customers and newer engines like google which are principally a pores and skin on older engines and don’t have their very own indexes, Courageous Search affords a brand new method to get related outcomes with a community-powered index, whereas guaranteeing privateness. Courageous Search fills a transparent void out there right this moment as tens of millions of individuals have misplaced belief within the surveillance financial system and actively search options to be in charge of their knowledge,” stated Courageous CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich.
To set itself other than the competitors, Courageous Search claims to observe seven ideas – privateness, user-first, independence, selection, transparency, seamlessness, and openness. To enter extra element, Courageous Search can be a user-first platform, customers gained’t be tracked nor profiled, and sooner or later, they’ll be capable of select whether or not they’ll go for a paid ad-free search expertise or use ad-supported search. Through the early beta, the search engine gained’t be displaying adverts; nevertheless, the ad-free and ad-supported choices can be launched afterward.
Moreover, the search engine can be unbiased in that it’s going to rely by itself search index for widespread search queries. It’ll additionally enable seamless integration between browsers and the search engine with out undermining privateness within the course of. Within the spirit of transparency, Courageous Search vowed to keep away from utilizing secret algorithms or biased outcomes; to that finish, it hopes to launch community-curated open rating fashions within the close to future.
The search engine nonetheless appears to be a piece in progress because it isn’t in a position to course of sure sorts of queries to get related outcomes; in such circumstances, Courageous Search will depend on APIs till its search index is giant sufficient.
“The Courageous Search independence metric is a progress bar, and our purpose is to attain higher independence and higher high quality with out compromising the privateness of our customers,” the corporate concluded. Whereas there isn’t a particular date set for the complete launch of the search engine, it ought to change into the default choice for Courageous browsers later this yr.