What is DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo is a privacy focused search engine which does not collect, store, or share your personal information.
- DuckDuckGo is Open Source.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 25”.
- 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.
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Traffic data from DuckDuckGo.
DuckDuckGo Encrypted Search
DuckDuckGo also has a PWA which you can install for instant access.
Moral of the Story
DuckDuckGo is a privacy focused search engine which does not store, collect, or share your information.