Wolfram Alpha isn’t the only Google alternative with a technical or specific focus. For instance, CC Search scans through Creative Commons-licensed media. Pipl is a powerful (and somewhat terrifying) people search engine. It tracks down user names, real names, social media accounts and more. Onion.link lets you search the dark web from your regular browser instead of having to install the privacy-focused Tor browser.
I have worked in digital strategy and advertising for my entire adult life. I buy advertising based on the data that Google and everyone else is gathering. Like millions of dollars a year. And I can tell you first hand that the tracking data is garbage, and frankly, at least for the foreseeable future, not something you should really be worried about, with one caveat. Advertisers are not the enemy, government and political agents are. ie. cambridge analytica. That is how you use this data to do harm.. We see literally thousands of advertisements a day. Does it *really* matter if my search history led to me seeing a different banner today?
Not exactly. Lee Credit Express does provide auto financing through its own finance company. This allows us to finance customers who can't get an auto loan from a traditional lender because of bad credit, which is what a 'buy here pay here' dealer does. But that is where the similarities end. Customers don't have to make payments at our dealerships, they simply mail their payments to the finance company. And unlike most Maine 'buy here pay here' dealers, we have newer cars and service contracts that protect your investment. We consider it 'buy here pay here' done right.