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DuckDuckGo Search Review with Pros, Cons, and Features

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DuckDuckGo Search Review

What is DuckDuckGo

  • It is a privacy focused search engine.

DuckDuckGo Pros

  • DuckDuckGo is Open Source.
  • Does not use cookies to track your online activities.
  • Does not log or store your IP address and User Agent when you visit DuckDuckGo or any site through it.
  • Does not collect any personal information. So your searches can’t be tied together.
  • Does not share personal information with others.
  • Does not send your search terms to the site your visit i.e. no search leakage.
  • DuckDuckGo does not know who you are and what you are searching.
  • Displays same results for a search term to all i.e. no filter bubble.
  • You can change how DuckDuckGo looks and feels.
  • A profit making company.

DuckDuckGo Cons

  • If you change search settings, then DuckDuckGo stores cookies to save those settings. If you don’t like it, use their URL parameters instead. Then bookmark.
  • DuckDuckGo does store your search history. Nothing to worry here as they aggregate all the non-personal search data.
  • DuckDuckGo does show advertisements but are non targeted and are solely based on your search keywords.
  • By default, DuckDuckGo displays search terms in browser history in plain text. To get over this, switch off Get Requests in settings, or bookmark encrypted search link mentioned below.
  • HTTPS is off when you perform Bangs. Don’t use this feature.

DuckDuckGo Bangs

  • Bangs are shortcuts which take you directly to the search results on other sites.
  • !w india for Wikipedia India page.
  • [email protected] warrenbuffett for Warren Buffett’s Twitter page.
  • !g search parameters to get search results from Google.

DuckDuckGo Instant Answers

  • DuckDuckGo Calculator using “2×2”
  • Check if a site is down using “is fb.com down”
  • See Weather using “weather place”
  • Currency Conversion using “usd to inr”
  • Find Gravatar using “gravatar iamkunaldesai”
  • Find Twitter profiles using “@iamkunaldesai”
  • Get Current Calendar using “calendar”, January 1986 Calendar using “calendar jan 1986”
  • Find alternatives using term “alternative to duckduckgo”
  • Get HTML code for Special Characters using “html for heart”
  • Get Color Picker using “color picker”
  • Get calories using “calories banana”
  • See Stopwatch using term “stopwatch”
  • Generate Passwords using “password strong 20”
  • Genrate Random Passphrase using “random passphrase”
  • See Monthly Installment and Total Interest Payable using “loan of Rs 1,00,000 at 10% interest with 10% down for 10 years”

DuckDuckGo Traffic Stats

Are people using DuckDuckGo? Let the numbers speak for itself.

Year Traffic in billions
20100.002
20110.10
20120.50
20131.02
20141.97
20153.13
20164.09
20175.91
20189.24
201912.91

Traffic data from DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo Encrypted Search

Moral of the Story

DuckDuckGo is a privacy focused search engine which does not store, collect, or share information.

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