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This is a search engine out of Canada, duckduckgo, that is part of a huge project to bring more privacy to the internet.

They do not track what you search or where you go.

 

I am still digesting all of the info on their site, and looking for 3rd party reviews.

The have given out a bunch of money in grants to other IT companies trying to give users privacy, with a small amount coming from donations from users. Half a million in about 10 years total. I know, a drop in the bucket, but we gotta start somewhere...

 

Still don't have the bottom line on who these folks are, but they seem open and sincere.

They are now my default search engine, am going to see about them being my default browser. They also offer other tools you can use to protect yourself.

 

Maybe some of our computer savvy guys can check these ducks out and tell us what you think...

I will keep reading.

 

John

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https://www.maketecheasier.com/google-vs-bing-vs-duck-duck-go/

 

DuckDuckGo may not be as connected as Google and may not be as flashy as Bing, but there’s one thing it offers that is very attractive, and that’s anonymity. That’s something that is sometimes important, and we definitely lose that with Google and Bing. Every product of Google knows what you have done on all of its other products. Sometimes we just want to search without the search engine following us. However, without that, the results aren’t tailored specifically for you. Everyone gets the same search results.

 

I have used and recommended DDG exclusively for many years.

 

john

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Also check out the thread I started earlier today about surveillance self defense tips. More good info

 

http://ar15armory.com/forums/topic/187376-surveillance-self-defense-tips-tools-and-how-tos-for-safer-online-communications/

 

There are lots of tips on the DDG site too.

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I use DDG a lot. If you are looking for guns, DDG doesn't censor the search.

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I really need to de-Gulag, er Google.

 

I'll have to give DDG a test drive.

 

Remember, when something like software is free *you* are the product.

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One of the things i want to find out is how DDG makes its money.

 

But what I found interesting is the list of other providers they give their money to that are all stiving to produce a corner of the internet where average people can go without having profiles created.

It was a long list, and i would like to here more about this effort, and exactly what they are doing.

 

This is just not some people that decided to set up a simple track free search engine.

If they are what they seem to be, they are part of a movement to bring some common decency and privacy to the internet.

I'm just getting started, but it seems as if you use their browser, you can put a code in front of the website address of Amazon, for instance, and Amazon

would not be able to compile info on you. Now realize this was what I was getting from a very quick read, and I have a lot to go through.

That is why I asked for people who are knowledgeable in this stuff.

 

DDG said they have 53 employees. I have no idea what all these are sites do that they contribute to, or what whole is made up by the sum of these parts.

 

It has peaked my interest, and I will be trying to figure it out, and to see if they are for real.

Apparently there are foundations companies, and entrepreneurs who appear, on the surface at least, to have a noble cause.

I would be willing to pay a yearly fee for an internet that these IT guys are putting together that protects the end user. I remember reading

that their software "forces" these websites to allow usage even when data mining is blocked. Pretty heady stuff.

 

I just hope it is not pipe dreams. If it is not I think it is worth supporting.

I know I am being optimistic, but I was unaware anything like this was going on in the private sector.

I remember asking on these pages why someone with bucks is not providing competition to the data abusers.

Apparently, there are many entities involved, but they seem to be a bit lacking for cash, and it also seems like they started doing it for free.

I know so little about these groups...could be Russians... :cool:

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I've used ddg as my search engine for years. I had no idea they had a browser. Time to look for it, I guess.

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Well, the browser is fairly quick, but I cant seem to make it zoom or change font size.

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I have been using DuckDuckGo for at least 8 years. I keep it as my default search engine.

I didn't know they had a browser. I will try it.

 

Edit: It looks like the browser is only for Android.

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Startpage is pretty good as well.

 

This is all good stuff.

Maybe we can use this thread to spread the word on internet protection.

 

Someone else mentioned seeing an ad on TV for a VPN that protects against profiling.

I saw an ad for one of these companies on Fox TV just a day or two after I started this thread.

Maybe there has been a "breakthrough" in affordable software that will actually frustrate the data miners ?

Maybe then these products are now coming to market with advertising support because they finally work well enough

to be worth the money ?

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After the nastygram and timeout from the book of face, I started the process of deleting it. Also switched away from google on the PC and phone in favor of DDG. In doing so, I lost my password for this forum for a few days. I was starting to get the shakes until the boss helped me reset.

I can get my fix again and the shakes are gone!

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After the nastygram and timeout from the book of face, I started the process of deleting it. Also switched away from google on the PC and phone in favor of DDG. In doing so, I lost my password for this forum for a few days. I was starting to get the shakes until the boss helped me reset.

I can get my fix again and the shakes are gone!

 

Glad you were pulled back from the edge.

It happened to me one time, and it was a very dark place. :laugh:

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Startpage is pretty good as well.

Years ago. I was using DuckDuck and Startpage interchangeably and Startpage had problems so I just kept using Duck.

 

Edit: Startpage looks good as before. I installed it as a search engine.

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