I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too

While I continue to use Google at work (more out of necessity, as my employer runs on G-Suite), on my phone I’m all about DuckDuckGo. I had, based on zero evidence, convinced myself that finding things on the internet was hard and, inevitably, involved a fair amount of tracking.

I ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's why you should too

I ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's why you should too

Its search results aren’t littered with Google products and services – boxes and carousels to try and persuade people to spend more time in Google’s family of apps.

DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit

DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit

But DuckDuckGo's tool has one major difference: Rather than populating a list of upgradable sites manually, Smarter Encryption fills it out automatically using the same web crawling smarts built into DuckDuckGo's private search service.

Why DuckDuckGo isn’t as bad as some people make it seem.

Why DuckDuckGo isn’t as bad as some people make it seem.

According to DuckDuckGo’s privacy policy: DuckDuckGo does not collect or share personal information.So they use the tracking pixel data to improve their product.TL;DR: They collect anonymous data to measure engagement of specific events, to make it a more user friendly experience for everybody.

Use DuckDuckGo Search in Chrome

Use DuckDuckGo Search in Chrome

If you are conscious about your privacy and prefer a search engine that does not track you – then look no further than DuckDuckGo. Using Requestly Chrome & Firefox extension, you can setup a simple rule such that any search query to Google is actually handled by DuckDuckGo in a privacy-first manner.

DuckDuckGo Has a Privacy Problem

DuckDuckGo Has a Privacy Problem

DuckDuckGo, along with many other private search engines, saw a massive influx of users after Edward Snowden sparked general interest in privacy, specifically from government surveillance agencies.

DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps To Enhance Private Search

DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps To Enhance Private Search

To keep up with these mapping apps, DuckDuckGo recently integrated Apple’s MapKit JS framework to provide more effective address searches, improved satellite imagery, and so on.

A Feisty Google Adversary Tests How Much People Care About Privacy

A Feisty Google Adversary Tests How Much People Care About Privacy

Started over a decade ago, DuckDuckGo offers a privacy-focused alternative to Google’s search engine. It has also made a profit in each of the last five years, Mr. Weinberg said.

Why Location is Everything for Privacy Services

Why Location is Everything for Privacy Services

In a blog post explanation to users, Riseup defended its cooperation with government agents, sharing that the targets of the warrants were reported to be extortionists, but Walsh notes: …[T]he truth is that didn’t comply because it was taking a high moral stance – on the contrary – it attempted to resist the warrants.

StartPage beats Google Search in test. Reason? Privacy

StartPage beats Google Search in test. Reason? Privacy

Back in 2013, I proclaimed that it was time to switch to the search engines DuckDuckGo or Startpage .The German customer tests behemoth Stiftung Warentest tested search engines in its latest print issue and concluded that Google provided the best search results.

Privacy for the win! Startpage.com defeats Google and Bing to become best search engine

Privacy for the win! Startpage.com defeats Google and Bing to become best search engine

You see, following an in-depth investigation, German organization "Stiftung Warentest" has declared the search engine to be the best. With all of that said, provides Google search results without all the tracking -- it's the best of both worlds!

Google Quietly Adds Search Engine Privacy Option To Chrome - Here's How To Enable It

Google Quietly Adds Search Engine Privacy Option To Chrome - Here's How To Enable It

The latest Google Chrome web browser update has a pleasant surprise in store for users who value their privacy. Indeed, DuckDuckGo enters into an agreement with the user to block advertising trackers, keep your search history private and allow you to take control of your personal data by not storing it.

DuckDuckGo Testimony Before the United States Senate

DuckDuckGo Testimony Before the United States Senate

Below is the prepared testimony of Gabriel Weinberg , CEO & Founder of DuckDuckGo, before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on GDPR & CCPA: Opt-ins, Consumer Control, and the Impact on Competition and Innovation .

The ultimate guide to DuckDuckGo

The ultimate guide to DuckDuckGo

Once you have it set as your default search engine, you’ll be able to use the URL bar in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and others to search DuckDuckGo directly, just like you were with the (probably) default Google search engine.

DNS and Root Certificates

DNS and Root Certificates

There are certain implications for both your privacy and your security as well as your liberty: Privacy Since you ask the resolver for an IP for a domain name, it knows exactly which sites you’re visiting and, thanks to the “Internet Of Things”, often abbreviated as IoT, even which appliances you use at home.

The "Do Not Track" Setting Doesn't Stop You from Being Tracked

The "Do Not Track" Setting Doesn't Stop You from Being Tracked

When educated about the true function and limitation of the DNT setting, 75.5% (±3.8) of U.S. adults say it’s "important" or "very important" that these companies "respect the Do Not Track signal when it is enabled." So, in shocking news, when people say they don’t want to be tracked, they really don’t want to be tracked.

Nothing Can Stop Google. DuckDuckGo Is Trying Anyway.

Nothing Can Stop Google. DuckDuckGo Is Trying Anyway.

“Facebook just kind of obliterated it,” Weinberg says, though he was able to sell the network to the parent company of Classmates.com for roughly $10 million in cash in 2006.

DuckDuckGo switches to privacy-focused Apple Maps to ‘set a new standard of trust online’

DuckDuckGo switches to privacy-focused Apple Maps to ‘set a new standard of trust online’

Screen Cleaner DuckDuckGo shared the news on its blog today : The company said it is excited to be working with Apple to “set a new standard of trust online, and we hope you’ll enjoy this update.” It is also seeking feedback from users to help improve searches.

DuckDuckGo denies using fingerprinting to track its users

DuckDuckGo denies using fingerprinting to track its users

Responding to a forum post that accused it of "fingerprinting users", privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo says that fears are unfounded and that it is not tracking its users.

DuckDuckGo Raised $10M As Google Faces Privacy Concerns

DuckDuckGo Raised $10M As Google Faces Privacy Concerns

Follow Crunchbase News on One of the only private search alternatives to Google, the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo quietly raised $10 million from OMERS Ventures last week, a Canadian pension fund that has invested in a number of startups.

Confirmed: Duck.com Transfers to DuckDuckGo

Confirmed: Duck.com Transfers to DuckDuckGo

Microsoft didn't do so out of altruistic impulse; they did so to decrease the odds they'd be the target of anti-trust legislation. I'm sure the c-suite at Google is very aware of that history lesson, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more likely anti-trust target than Google.

Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo finds Google personalizes search results even for logged out and incognito users

Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo finds Google personalizes search results even for logged out and incognito users

In tests earlier in the year, it was found that even when people searched without logging into a Google account -- or when they used private browsing mode -- "most participants saw results unique to them", suggesting there was still personalization of results.

Google personalizes search results even when you’re logged out, new study finds

Google personalizes search results even when you’re logged out, new study finds

The company began personalizing search results for every user, even those without a Google account, way back in 2009 using an anonymous cookie that would take into account information like your location, search history, and other factors.

Why should I use DuckDuckGo instead of Google?

Why should I use DuckDuckGo instead of Google?

On Google, your searches are tracked, mined, and packaged up into a data profile for advertisers to follow you around the Internet through those intrusive and annoying ever-present banner ads, using Google’s massive ad networks, embedded across millions of sites and apps.

Gabriel Weinberg's answer to What is the revenue generation model for DuckDuckGo?

Gabriel Weinberg's answer to What is the revenue generation model for DuckDuckGo?

DuckDuckGo has been a profitable company since 2014 without storing or sharing any personal information on people using our search engine. Google also makes most of their money via this same type of keyword-based advertising that doesn’t require any search-history tracking.

DuckDuckGo hits new milestone of 30 million private searches per day

DuckDuckGo hits new milestone of 30 million private searches per day

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, has reached a new milestone of 30 million direct searches a day, via Search Engine Journal. DuckDuckGo’s achievements are laudable, but it seems convenience and features are still more important than privacy to most people.

Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year

Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year

Some nice momentum for privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo which has just announced it’s hit 30 million daily searches a year after reaching 20M — a year-on-year increase of 50%.

How to Live Without Google

How to Live Without Google

We host @duckduckgo.com addresses on FastMail, an independent, paid service that also includes calendar and contacts support across all devices. Ghost is both a hosted (paid) and self-installable blogging platform, tracker-free by default and run by a non-profit foundation.

Gabriel Weinberg's answer to What does Google know about me?

Gabriel Weinberg's answer to What does Google know about me?

What most people don’t realize is that even if you don’t use any Google products directly, they’re still trying to track as much as they can about you.