The search engine is part of the Polarity Technologies LTD network, a provider of Internet advertising for mobile and desktop applications. The company offers a wide variety of websites on topics such as weather search, map search, quiz sites and, among other topics, various search engines. Polarity Technologies LTD is one of several Internet advertising companies of the Chinese Intelligence Technology Co. Polarity Technologies LTD was founded in 2016. The search engines focus above all on the user's need for security, which has increased increasingly in recent years. At the same time, they advertise to their advertising customers with highly optimized advertising and media marketing offers. Due to their aggressive marketing strategy (self-installation without the user's consent), these search engines often have a bad reputation as viruses or malware.
|Launched||April 16, 2016|
|Developer||Polarity Technologies LTD|
|Country of Origin||Cyprus|
|2016 - [...]||Polarity Technologies LTD|
|Search Interface / Search API
Browser Hijack, Spyware, Adware (installed without the permission of the user)
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|»Search Encrypt is an Internet search engine that prioritizes maintaining user privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. Search Encrypt differentiates itself from other search engines by using local encryption on searches and delayed history expiration. Search Encrypt emphasizes on steps to anonymize user data, rather than building behavioral retargeting profiles on users.
In November 2017, the site had 22.74 million visitors. Search Encrypt is also available as a browser extension for Google Chrome. It is currently listed in the Chrome Web Store.
The company is based in Limassol, Cyprus and has 10 employees [...]
The search engine is included in lists of private alternatives to Google, along with DuckDuckGo, StartPage, and others. This article, "The Best Private Search Engines" in online publication Hackernoon, lists Search Encrypt as one private alternative to search engines that track users. Search Encrypt earns revenue by serving ads.« Source|
|»The name was derived from the products main features.« Source|
|There are many discussions on the net whether Search Encrypt is some kind of virus, malware or something similar. Search Encrypt itself says no, it's not and provides help on how to remove it if you want to. However, there must be an automatic installation without the user's permission - an offensive strategy to present a new search engine. But the past shows that the user is usually critical of this. Source|
Features & Functionality
|Christian Stewart (2018): »This private search engine uses local encryption to secure your searches. It combines with AES-256 encryption with Secure Sockets Layer encryption. Search Encrypt then retrieves your search results from its network of search partners. After you’re done searching, your search terms expire so they are private even if someone else has access to your computer.« Source|
References & further Publications
|Wikipedia (EN): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_Encrypt_(Search_Engine)|
|Wikipedia (Others): n.a.|
|Christian Stewart (2018): What is Search Encrypt? URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20190202183850/https://christianstewart.org/2018/01/12/what-is-search-encrypt/|