The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You

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DuckDuckGo search engineGoogle is a great search engine. But the reason that the company makes billions of dollars in profit is because of all the information it captures about the people who use its products. Which includes everything you search for.

Among the search engines which promise not to track you, DuckDuckGo has always been popular with users. Although the system is nowhere near the size of Google, it does now boast 10 million search requests per day, which is significant. And the presentation of their search results is, dare I say it, more aesthetically pleasing than the way Google does it.

Add https://duckduckgo.com/ to your favourites or your list of bookmarked sites, and see whether it works for you.

 

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Ok, I agree with you Gizz, but Duck Duck is Soo primitive compared to Google. Why can't they get their defecation together and put out a decent search engine? Its just totally "bass ackwards" from the way my brain works. And I'll bet you I am not along in this.

Since popular search engines only canvass 5% of the internet, this week I decided to install Tor browser. And Startpage, Ixquick, etc. as search engines to browse the deep web. Comments there say Tor has been hacked by the NSA, U.S. gov't. Also using Tor will put you under gov't's scrutiny. And since the web was developed by the gov't, is there any anonymity? After using Bing search for about a year, I received some rewards. 3- $5 Amazon gift cards recently. Happy surfing, everyone.

I've been using DuckDuckGo for years and love it. I hate being tracked. I hate being offered a product based on the places I've visited on the web. DuckDuckGo is the only way to go.

You can also use
Startpage.com
which fetches results from the Google search engine. This is done without saving the users' IP addresses or giving any personal user information to Google's servers.
By the way, Opera has recently released a free VPN service integrated into the browser, very easily "installed" (when you have installed Opera - in its settings).
Edit: Ixquick uses several engines, whereas Startpage (also from Ixquick) only uses Google searches, but in both cases they hide the personal user info and IP addresses from Google and other servers.

AFter i read about the Opera VPN, i first installed it on my phone, and it worked quite well.

However, after following up and installing it on my PC, any attempt to connect to anything (well, except Opera.com, oddly) resulted in it demanding some sort of authentication credentials. A quick search showed me a lot of other people complaining about the same thing - the same error message.

Okay - i tried it again; if i use the US-based proxy, all goes well. If i try to use any of the others, all attempts to browse to any URL at all get "Authentication credentials required."

That's interesting. Thanks for the info. I'm in Europe and don't have similar problems. It did come with a question once about my whereabouts but didn't insist on the answer.

http://www.google.com/advanced_search
will yield a whole lot more results in Google. This has always been my home page, even with Microsoft Edge. You mean DuckDuckGo uses Google?

I remember very clearly that way back when I started to use DuckDuckGo in Firefox 31.* the description said DDG uses Google search results. I always have told my customers so. Just now I read in Wikipedia that they seem to have their "own" search engine.

Well, change is the name of the game. Isn't it?

DuckDuckGo ftw. The only negative thing relating to google is that occasionaly the search results are not the desired ones. Even then, by searching using "!g" before the search, we get a pure Google search through DuckDuckGo.