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DuckDuckGo: the Search Engine that respect your Privacy

Posted on 2016-01-31 11:42:22 by Giuseppe Anzalone - 0 Comments

With the recent worries over surveillance of online activities, interest has grown in anonymous search tools like DuckDuckGo. Well, I want to be sure  you know that the service has its android apps! DuckDuckGo does not store or share any personal information about you when you use its search engine.

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The obvious benefit there being that if the company doesn't store your information, there's nothing to access if the company gets hacked or receives a government information request. That distinction aside, it's pretty standard fare. Put search terms in, get results back, in a handy app on your phone.

DuckDuckGo was founded in 2007 by Gabriel Weinberg. This search engine takes its results from various sources while using its best weapon - it’s pro-privacy stance. Their reputation is built on its privacy policies. According to this search engine, it doesn't collect personal information or share it. It doesn't store IP addresses, not even unique user numbers.

How it works

DuckDuckGo’s interface is fairly simple, so there aren’t a lot of bells and whistles in this one. There are only three different sections on the main screen of the app: a menu, a search bar, and a stories section.

  • In the menu section, you can access a few different features such as a favorites section if you’ve saved any of your favorite searches, a settings section, and a list of your recent searches.
  • In the settings sections, there're quite a few options that you can use to modify your searches such as the ability to turn auto-suggestions on or off. The search bar works just like any other search bar you simply type your search in the bar and hit enter. The app will then provide you with a list of possible results for what you’re looking for once you select the one you’ll see a standard list of web page results. It does seem to do a good job of filtering out a lot of the irrelevant results you find with other search engines where most of the results link to the right sources.
  • The only innovative thing you’ll find in this app, other than the privacy of your search, is the stories feature. Underneath the main search bar of the app, you will see a list of interesting stories from around the web that DuckDuckGo has compiled as suggestions. There are some great stories here on some of the interesting things going on in the world today.

It is free and has few advertisement

Just like most other internet search engines, DuckDuckGo app is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees or charges for utilizing the site. Users can return and search as often as they like at no cost. This is a plus to keep DuckDuckGo an attractive alternative to the much larger Google search engine. DuckDuckGo performs much of the same functions as other search engines. The application might be more appealing to users who prefer simple and clean search. DuckDuckGo does not cram advertisements in empty spaces and gives the user quality results as well as a few fun extra features.

Like most other search engines you will have to put up with ads being prominently featured at the top of each search. This is how search engines make their money, after all. On the positive side, the sponsored ads in this search engine are just one line, so they are not a major issue. Other than that there are no surprises in this app. This app will require 3.4MB of free space on your Android device. If you are the type that doesn’t like Google Search app for Android? Duckduckgo Search is here to save you. Duckduckgo is an extremely powerful search engine, and its application is even more powerful. Duckduckgo Search is the best tool you’ll ever come across when you’re trying to find something online and the Google Search app just isn’t cutting it. This app is an excellent alternative to the major search engines.

Bottom line

For a search engine app to compete with the famous search engine like Google, Bing, and Yahoo it has to offer something just a little bit different. All of these major search engines return results for web pages, videos, and images, but they all track your search behavior as well.

If you’re looking for an app that has all these standard features but also protects your privacy, then DuckDuckGo may be just the app you are looking for. DuckDuckGo has the same look and feel of all the major search engines; you won’t notice any major differences. What differentiates DuckDuckGo from the other search engines is what’s going on in the background. The developers created a search engine that allows you to search in complete anonymity; they don’t track any of your search data. This is pretty refreshing in today’s world where everything you do seems to be tracked by somebody.

You can get and install DuckDuckGo apk file from the TorrApk App Store o from Google Play.


Giuseppe Anzalone
Hello, I am Giuseppe, electrical engineer and programmer. I've been working in the industrial automation field since 2004, designing electronic boards and developing software for real-time control. For some years now, I'm also strongly involved in web-developing and in IT security. What else... oh yeah, I'm addicted to free climbing!
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