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Step Aside Google: Qwant Is A Secure Beauty

Step Aside Google: Qwant Is A Secure Beauty

Homepage
    Qwant – Home (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

    How on earth did Qwant manage to combine security with the most convenient user experience ever seen on a search engine?

    No, Qwant won’t reinvent the wheel here, Why do so, if you could use existing technology. We seem to agree anyways that Google might have the best algorithm out there, don’t we?

    Nevertheless, Qwants’ “crawlers relentlessly visit the global web to refine” their results. Let’s see, what they have up their sleeves to challenge Google on their very own turf.

    Qwick
      Alternative Search Engines (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

      So, not only Google but many other services like Amazon, Flickr, Facebook or Twitter can be used for searching.

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      This service, called Qwick, combines the convenience with a shortcut and the power of a keyword. For example, you can immediately surf to Wikipedia’s article just by typing: “&w Net-neutrality,” got it? I told you it was easy, right?

      Security

      Instead, Qwant does concentrate on safety and won’t track users. Even more promising is the vow of “no filter bubble.”

      You might not know yet, but to me, this is the most substantial benefit. The world of search is very much tailored to what search engines think we should read.

      Still not sure? Watch El Pariser online at TED Conference in 2011. Or try by yourself: Ask a friend to search the exact same term, say in Google, and you will find yourself gaping on how different the results very often are.

      Essential Parts

      Multiple Result Categories

      If you want to see web results, feel free to choose this Qwant-option. But, what I learned to love about this option is how many of my searches are reflected in international news or on social media.

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      Categories
        Qwant Search-Engine Categories (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

        Even Music is included in the searches. Using this category means listening to your favorite songs without leaving Qwant. You didn’t expect a great user experience doing this? Prepare for s big surprise.

        Music-Player
          Qwant – Music Player (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

          Bookmarks, Boards, Notes and Following

          Qwant won’t stop there. With bookmarking and adding notes and results to your boards, Qwant does provide you even with an Evernote-like functionality of storing and organizing your favorite information.

          Following other publishers or boards feels like a unique social media approach built right into Qwant.

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          Boards
            Qwant Boards (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

            Real World use with Safari

            Well, as we all know, Safari is a little picky on using search engines as a standard. Don’t fret dear friend; the Qwant extension comes to the rescue.

            Without any hassle, I since then search with Qwant via the URL-Bar in Safari and, if needed, add a &g or &b for Google or Bing respectively.

            Qwant Safari Extension
              Qwant Safari Extension (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

              Conclusion

              Soon, after finding out about Qwant, I immediately decided to give it a shot — and have no regrets.

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              My perception is that Qwant is even more to the point than Google in a lot of ways, but also have very specific technical queries.

              Lastly, I feel relieved that I am not using Google directly — at least for searching the web.

              Particularly, I like Qwant being the one-stop shop for web searches and that it also includes a convenient place for bookmarks and notes.

              Qwant is a pleasure to use, so thank you, qwant.com!
              Happy digging, dear friends!

              That being said, Have you used Qwant? What is your experience with this search engine? Do you believe we will be seeing more of Qwant in 2017 as well as in the upcoming years?

              Do not hesitate to leave a comment—give your thoughts, opinions, and perspective.

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              Last Updated on February 15, 2019

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

              Joe’s Goals

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                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                Daytum

                  Daytum

                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                  Excel or Numbers

                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                    Evernote

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                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                      Access or Bento

                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                        Conclusion

                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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