Posts Tagged ‘DuckDuckGo’

Oscobo – A New Privacy Focused Search Engine

Friday, January 15th, 2016

If you’re tired of being bombarded with ads for everything you’ve recently searched for, you might want to give Oscobo a try.

Ever since the Snowden relevations, privacy search engines and privacy in general has been a boom on the Internet. Search engines focused on privacy have seen a rise in daily searches. While they are still nowhere near popular as Google Search or Bing, the two main search services in most parts of the world, they have shown that there is a market for these kind of services.


DuckDuckGo, Startpage and Ixquick Search Engines are Doing Well

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Apparently, 2015 was a banner year for some of the lesser-known search engines …

The search engines DuckDuckGo, Startpage and Ixquick are doing better than ever according to statistics released by DuckDuckgo and Surfboard Holding BV. DuckDuckGo traffic climbed from an average of 7.1 million daily direct searches to more than 11.2 million daily searches in year’s time, and Startpage/Ixquick too reported an all-time high on November 30, 2015 when daily searches crossed the 6 million mark for the first time.


The Next Firefox Default Search Engine: Yahoo Search and Others

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Hopefully, this move will be helpful to both Mozilla and Yahoo; Yahoo’s share of the search engine market definitely isn’t what it used to be.

Google Search has been the default search engine of the browser for the past years with Google paying Mozilla money for that privilege. While Mozilla put the money from the deal to good use, it made it dependent on that money at the same time.


You Can Now Create QR Codes on

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

I already knew that Duckduckgo was an incredibly versatile search engine, with many interesting capabilities … but I didn’t know that you could use the site to create those annoying QR codes that seem to show up in about every other advertisement these days.

So called QR Codes can be really useful to mobile users. Say, you want to open a web address on your mobile phone that is displayed on your desktop PC currently. While you could type the address into the mobile phone’s browser app, you could alternatively create a QR Code that represents it. Once created, you scan it to transfer the information that it contains to your phone, all without having to type on your phone.


DuckDuckGo’s Traffic Surges After PRISM News

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Could this be the silver lining to the dark cloud of internet surveillance? The more viable search engine options, the better …

Up until three days ago traffic to the DuckDuckGo search engine website remained relatively stable at about 1.7 million to 1.8 million direct queries per day. This changed on Monday when a new record high of 2.2 million direct queries was recorded, only to be surpassed on Wednesday by 2.3 million direct queries.


Google’s Filter Bubble is a Scary Thing

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

I hate it when search engines give me the results that they think I want, instead of just giving me the results that I asked for …

Research on the Internet can be a tricky business these days, especially if you rely on a major search engine like Google or Bing. The main reason for this is a change to personalized search results that happened in the last few years. What’s bad about personalized search results you ask, a valid question. The problem is twofold. First, search engines use information they have about you, from previous searches, devices that you own, sites you like, purchases you make and every other imaginable activity to deliver personalized results to you. What this means is that you are likely to get results that you tend to agree with more than you are not.


5 DuckDuckGo Features that You May Not Know about Yet

Friday, March 30th, 2012

DuckDuckGo sure has been getting a lot of press lately … DuckDuckGo’s main advantage is that it’s more respectful of user privacy than many other search engines.

I switched to the DuckDuckGo search engine fully in the beginning of February and have not really looked back ever since. While it still has issues with a few queries occasionally, its excellent !bang feature lets me redirect those searches to another search engine like Google for instance. That’s however not necessary for the majority of English queries that I have.


Protected Search Lets You Use Google without being Tracked

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Here’s an interesting Firefox add-on for those of us who are concerned with privacy …

With Google consolidating many of the company’s privacy policies into one came the fear that the companies primary motivation for the move was to generate even more revenue through their advertising programs than before.