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.

Almond

Almond

Commands in Almond can be monitored and filtered : you can specify to be notified whenever the result changes, when a certain condition is true, or only for a certain subset of the data.

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.

Studies prove once again that users are the weakest link in the security chain

Studies prove once again that users are the weakest link in the security chain

Organizations need to make sure users understand the importance of protecting sensitive data and safeguarding company assets, and that they’re aware of how their actions impact the overall security for the whole organization.

SoylentNews

SoylentNews

I spent the afternoon poking through update files and security bulletins and trying to get an on-the-record response from Microsoft. I strongly suspect that some part of the Appraiser component on Windows 7 SP1 had a security issue of its own.

Opinion | I Used Google Ads for Social Engineering. It Worked.

Opinion | I Used Google Ads for Social Engineering. It Worked.

The goal of my first redirect campaign was to sway the ideology of suicidal people. The problem my campaign addressed: Suicidal people are underserved on Google. In 2010, Google started making the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline the top result of certain searches relating to suicide.

Google suspends Trends feature in New Zealand after naming murder accused

Google suspends Trends feature in New Zealand after naming murder accused

Google had refused to tighten publication standards after it sent an email to users in December that named a man accused of killing a British backpacker, Grace Millane, in violation of a suppression order.

La Liga fined €250,000 for using its mobile app to eavesdrop on fans

La Liga fined €250,000 for using its mobile app to eavesdrop on fans

Spain's AEPD data protection agency has concluded that La Liga broke data protection and privacy rules because it didn't explicitly alert users that their microphones would be used by the app for data collection purposes.

GDPR – One Year On

GDPR – One Year On

In Malta, the DPA imposed a similar, but temporary, sanction on the country’s national land register while it investigated how the authority has been processing a data breach. The first year of GDPR shows us that many organisations have issues with the rightful way of processing personal data.

What GDPR's first year says about data privacy regulation

What GDPR's first year says about data privacy regulation

Large companies are not immune from the effects of cumbersome regulatory schemes, but policies like the GDPR are more difficult on new entrants struggling to find footing in the market.

Online Privacy Is Getting Worse: Data Breaches in 2019 on Track to Top Last Year’s Total

Online Privacy Is Getting Worse: Data Breaches in 2019 on Track to Top Last Year’s Total

The second-largest breach so far in 2019 was the loss of personal data from nearly 203 million job applicants that was exposed as a result of a misconfigured database.

DarkDuckGo

DarkDuckGo

Following is a quick rundown of the URL params I’m using to customize my DDG search experience for use with Tor. In After Dark fashion I’ve decided to name them “DarkDuckGo”. If you’re not using Tor Browser you can still use the params with the regular search site or even .

Ad Industry Slams Texas Privacy Proposal

Ad Industry Slams Texas Privacy Proposal

by Wendy Davis @wendyndavis, Yesterday The ad industry is weighing in against a new privacy proposal in Texas that would require companies to obtain consumers' opt-in consent before drawing on data about them, including information used for ad targeting.

EU countries back copyright overhaul that threatens to hit YouTube and Facebook

EU countries back copyright overhaul that threatens to hit YouTube and Facebook

European Union countries approved sweeping reforms to the bloc's copyright laws on Monday, marking a symbolic end to a political battle that has pitted tech giants against high-profile media figures.

Universal Loss of Privacy & the Bullish Case for Bitcoin Adoption

Universal Loss of Privacy & the Bullish Case for Bitcoin Adoption

Then, with the leak of the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, significant more and more global scrutiny has been placed on offshore entities and asset protection — tools frequently used by wealthy businessmen and politicians.

MEPs accidentally vote wrong way on copyright law

MEPs accidentally vote wrong way on copyright law

Several MEPs have said they accidentally voted the wrong way on a key amendment of a new European copyright directive, meaning the most controversial aspects of the law might have been removed had they not erred.

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.

UK online pornography age block triggers privacy fears

UK online pornography age block triggers privacy fears

The age block will require commercial pornography sites to show that they are taking sufficient steps to verify their users are over 18, such as by uploading a passport or driving licence or by visiting a newsagent to buy a pass only available to adults.

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.

The value of protecting privacy

The value of protecting privacy

As a result, we tend to interact with our technologies while being dangerously unaware of the potential repercussions. If we continue to interact with technology in this narrowly framed manner, significant societal problems are likely to result.

Twitter bug revealed some Android users’ private tweets

Twitter bug revealed some Android users’ private tweets

The company says that the issue impacted Twitter for Android users who made certain account changes while the “Protect your Tweets” option was turned on. We’ve become aware of and fixed an issue where the “Protect your Tweets” setting was disabled on Twitter for Android.

Google Wins Lawsuit Over Facial Recognition Technology

Google Wins Lawsuit Over Facial Recognition Technology

On Saturday, a U.S. District Judge in Chicago dismissed a lawsuit filled against the internet giant which alleged that Google violated users’ right to privacy by using facial recognition technology without their consent.

Aether

Aether

Aether is currently available for Windows , Mac and Linux — we're still working on our ${OS} app. Aether is private by default, so that you can choose to be fully private, or fully public yourself. 👻 Ephemeral Aether keeps a 6 months of content by default.

How pervasive real-time bidding for online ads silently undermines your privacy online

How pervasive real-time bidding for online ads silently undermines your privacy online

Since advertisers often use different cookie identifiers, they may not be able to recognize a visitor to a Web site that is conducting a real-time ad auction from the information supplied.

On leveling the playing field and online tracking

On leveling the playing field and online tracking

As a result, third-parties have been engaged in activities like collecting the user’s browsing history, personal data, information about their device, and so on, which is a subversion of the built-in protections that browsers provide to prevent the “straightforward” ways of getting this data from the third-party’s own website (aka, their own users).