How Anonymous is DuckDuckGo?
by Brad Richardson
Posted June 6, 2021
DuckDuckGo is an internet search engine that prioritizes the privacy of the people who use it to find results to their online queries.
One of the biggest selling points of this private engine is that the search results are the same for every user. This means people who use the search engine are shown ads relating only to their current search query. This is in contrast to websites like Google or Facebook, which collect your information to show you ads related to your online activity and search history.
The main difference between DuckDuckGo and Google is that DuckDuckGo doesn’t track your online activity when displaying search results. DuckDuckGo also has a shortcut feature called !bangs, which allows you to quickly perform searches on other websites such as Amazon, Twitter, or Wikipedia. You can also submit your own custom !bangs for websites you search often.
DuckDuckGo tries to remove a lot of the clutter that crowds Google results, including advertisements and spam. It only includes sources with titles and meta descriptions written by humans rather than computers. Official sites are also placed at the top of search results and labelled as such so you can find them more easily. More…