Why I switched to DuckDuckGo

As an experiment, I switched my default search engine to one that doesn’t store my personal information.

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All your search history remains in Google indefinitely even in incognito mode. It can be sold to advertisers or used by lawyers against you. Whereas in DuckDuckGo they don’t store your search requests and your personal information.

Google Chrome

You should consider leaving Chrome as soon as possible. It’s been reported on Hacker News and discussed by the community that your data is synced with Google servers without your permission. This happened thanks to the latest Chrome update.

It has also been reported that Chrome 69 keeps Google Cookies when you tell it to delete all cookies.

I’m not going to recommend any specific browser, it should be your personal choice. If you care about your privacy, don’t want to be followed by targeted ads consider switching to DuckDuckGo and leaving Google Chrome immediately. 

Give it a try #ComeToTheDuckSide

Update: 5 months later I switched back to Google because DuckDuckGo doesn’t have answers to most of my coding problems. But it’s gettings there. Unless you’re a coder, you should give it a try.

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  1. I appreciate DuckDuckGo and did switch to it for about 3 or 4 months. The switch was going to permanent for me as I became disgusted with seeing my ACTUAL physical address at the end of every Google search.

    However, I switched back to Google about a week ago. Although I love DuckDuckGo’s respect of user’s privacy, the search results are nowhere near Google’s.

    I could barely even find a wallpaper for my computer on DuckDuckGo and the selection was very limited. Not to mention Google’s search engine is much faster. It’s not that I want to be spied on. Google is the best search engine around in my honest opinion.

    • I totally agree with you.

      Why on earth would you show an actual address to a user? To remind them that Google knows everything about you? Privacy was the main issue why I gave DuckDuckGo a chance.

      But for a nerd like me it’s very important to find a quick answer for coding problems. If you have difficulties finding a good wallpaper on DDG, I can’t find answers to my problems at all. Right? I value my time.

      I’m switching back to Google ?