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duckduckgo - search engine without tracking and search bubble

Posted 10-04-2011 at 02:12 PM by jere21
Updated 10-23-2011 at 03:36 PM by jere21

When I had a first look on it, I didn't like it. Now, one year later, I checked again - and now I really do: is a really privacy oriented search engine. But under its very clear surface it also has other features:
  • unbiased search results, NOT depending on any profile that you got. See
  • privacy, doesn't save your data, nor does it turn it to the found website. See
  • instant answers (like "define:TERM" but for much more, typically the start of the matching wikipedia site. Works also for currency conversions and mathematics.
  • !MANYWEBSITES Search these sites directly, list available on the right of the search window.
  • Scroll to the end of the search results page and immediately get more results shown
  • Configure it, Configuration is saved in cookies, but ddg also gives you a URL with your current configuration. So configure ddg to your needs, use the resulting URL
    • as your startup homepage in your browser
    • in your address bar: type about:config into the address bar, search for keyword.url and add the URL with prefix &q= (e.g.
    and forget about cookies. (Unless you also want to use the ddg search toolbar.)
  • No autocomplete, autopreview, autowhatever. Even javascript may be turned off.
  • XMPP bot answers search questions ;-)

Goodbye google search!
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    I have been enjoying duckduckgo... but I find my self going back to google for their image search. Now if only there was a good replacement that did the same thing there.
    Posted 10-05-2011 at 12:55 PM by lumak lumak is offline


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