15 thoughts on “Duck Duck Go”

    1. Heard about Microsoft threatening to shut down Gab if they didn’t censor a couple posts? Somehow that company always maintains a secure position on my excrement list.

  1. I switched about 2 months ago. It’s pretty good.

    About the only thing Goggle seems to do better is maps. But maybe I haven’t learned the best way to do that in DDG

  2. I guess the “U” has other search engines for scholarly articles, but I feel stuck using Google Scholar. And for convenience, Google Patents.

    I used to not mind the diversity-oriented “Google Doodle” — I thought it to be informative and enlightening, but after James Damore, Keep your blatant indoctrination off of my desktop!

    I am also soured on the idea of investing in the FAANGs (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and (Google) Alphabet, which make up large portions of the holdings of almost any big brokerage house “growth” mutual fund.

  3. I switched to Duck Duck Go years ago. I use other engines too, on occasion, such as when looking for something hard to find.

    I even use Goggle occasionally, but I would not do so without having my shields up. I auto-nuke any cookie from Google, have add-ons to kill trackers and javascripts, and use addons like Ghostery and cookie monster too. I really like Cookie Monster; it’ll nuke every cookie a website generates (unless you specifically whitelist it) a few seconds after you close the tab. I also block the infamous pixel trackers. And lastly, I don’t have social media or google accounts, plus I keep my online identity strictly separate from my real world one.

    I don’t let any software or OS autoupdate, and I don’t let anything “phone home” or even access the ‘net unless there’s a strong reason to do so.

    It’s absurd to have to go to such lengths, but Google, Microsoft, and other make it a necessity, the same way virus writers make taking precautions against viruses a necessity.

  4. So-called incognito mode won’t protect you either. That’s another myth. “Incognito” mode isn’t really incognito at all. It’s an extremely misleading name and in my opinion should be changed. All it does is delete your local browsing history after your session on your device, but does nothing from stopping any website you visit, including Google, from tracking you via your IP address and other tracking mechanisms like browser fingerprinting.

    Right, so if you use DDG, you still get tracked after your search. Google will still be able to infer a lot of information from the sites you visit. Its like getting the answer but not the question. I guess it is a small step in the right direction though.

      1. I use Tor occasionally, especially when looking at Drudge. The reason is that he links to WaPo frequently, and it uses up your free articles quickly. With Tor, they don’t know who you are.

  5. I like DuckDuckgo for searches which do not require location eg if I was looking for a history or science question but otherwise I prefer google.

  6. I switched to DDG after the Damore debacle.

    When G apparently dropped the negation from their mission statement.

    Yearning for the days of yore & Alta-Vista…..

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