When comparing Metager vs StartPage, the Slant community recommends Metager for most people. In the question“What is the best alternative to Google search?” Metager is ranked 4th while StartPage is ranked 6th.
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Pro Allows to visit search results anonymously
Pro Open Source
Pro Tor network service
Gives access within Tor.
Pro Run by a non profit organisation dedicated to privacy and data protection
Pro Supports easy search in open-street-map
Locations can be shown on open-street-map.
Pro Privacy focused
Unlike Google, Startpage does not record user IP addresses and strips away any uniquely identifying user information before sending the search request to Google. For each search result, Startpage also provides users with the option of viewing them via Ixquick's proxy services known as Ixquick Proxy.
Pro Offers a free proxy with every search results
The optional proxy allows you to visit linked sites anonymously too. While in the protection of the StartPage proxy, the third-party sites and its advertisers cannot "see" you. Plus, the site cannot download malware onto your computer.
Pro Based in Netherlands (Europe)
StartPage is based in The Netherlands, where privacy is protected by law, so it is not subject to the same mandates and laws which is one (BIG) less thing to worry about. They own and operate their own servers in colocated facilities both in the U.S. and internationally.
Pro Recommended for its no-logging privacy
Your IP address, search query, what site you came from and what site you click on in the results, none of this is logged. That is, by the search engine operators themselves. Even Edward Snowden recommended StartPage for its no-logging privacy.
Pro Independent & Private
StartPage is owned by Surfboard Holding B.V., a privately held, independent Dutch company, run by Robert Beens, whose only activities are operating StartPage, Ixquick and StartMail. No 3rd party investors or venture capital behind it as far as I could find. StartPage (and Ixquick) generates income solely from advertising (Google Ads).
Pro Filter by time like Google
Pro Pulls results from two search engines
Startpage is a hybrid search engine combining results from Ixquick and Google.
A referrer is an HTTP header field that identifies the address of the webpage (i.e. the URI or IRI) that linked to the resource being requested. By checking the referrer, the new webpage can see where the request originated.” Basically it tells a website where you came from. Startpage does not give this out.
Con Uses only Bing and Scopia results
The latter of which could be their own crawler.