The Default Search Challenge

With the recent iOS update, Apple has added Ecosia as an alternative default search engine. Ecosia is similar to DuckDuckGo in that it is a privacy-focused search engine that isn’t Google. They don’t sell your data to advertisers and don’t use trackers. Instead of trying to build a monster-sized company, Ecosia is using its profits to plant trees. That’s right. Trees. One hundred fifteen million of them as of this writing.

So for the last week, I’ve been using Ecosia and, like DuckDuckGo, finding it up to the task. I would recommend you try DuckDuckGo (which has some nice tricks up its sleeve) or Ecosia (which is trying to help the planet) instead of Google for the rest of 2020. Just give it a shot. If you’re not happy with it by New Year’s Day, you can switch back.

To switch your default browser on iOS, go to Settings → Safari → Search Engine. On the Mac in Safari, go to Safari → Preferences → Search.