As you probably already know, there are many different search engines and tools available for you to use, and many of them are now easily accessible and embedded in the devices we use every day. Long gone are the days when you go to a search engine’s website to begin searching online. As an example, if you need to find the nearest pizza restaurant, you can simply type in your browser’s address bar or ask your phone: “Where’s the nearest pizza restaurant?” and you will be supplied with an answer. Search technology continues to advance as it becomes further integrated into our daily routines.

This can be very convenient, but can also lead to more questions. What search tools are the best to use? Are there disadvantages or risks associated with how search tools are used? Let’s start by discussing the different search tools available.


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