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  1. EFF Partners with DuckDuckGo to Enhance Secure Browsing and Protect User Information on the Web DuckDuckGo Smarter Encryption Will Be Incorporated Into HTTPS Everywhere San Francisco, California—Boosting protection of Internet users’ personal data from snooping advertisers and third-party trackers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today announced it has enhanced its groundbreaking HTTPS Everywhere browser extension by incorporating rulesets from DuckDuckGo Smarter Encryption. The partnership represents the next step in the evol
  2. How to use DuckDuckGo instead of Google and other sites to get faster and precise results DuckDuckGo is a popular internet search engine that is privacy-focused and ad-free. It is widely recommended by security professionals, blogs, armchair experts, because it does not profile users or harvest their data. I should tell you this straightaway, this article is not about the search engine's privacy related features, but as the title reads, how to use the service more efficiently. That said, here's a brief introduction about DDG (as its abbreviated)
  3. DuckDuckGo Extension blocks Google FLoC in latest update DuckDuckGo released a new version of its browser extension, called DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials, for all supported web browsers this week. The new version blocks FLoC interactions on websites to protect the privacy of users. If you have not heard about FLoC yet, it is Google's attempt to shift advertising from a cookie-based system to one that does not require cookies anymore. Basically, what it does is assign a user to a cohort -- FLoC stands for Federated Learning of Cohorts. A cohort is made up of thousands of
  4. DuckDuckGo enables Global Privacy Control on mobile and desktop by default Late last year, DuckDuckGo joined a privacy-focused initiative called Global Privacy Control (GPC) along with other organizations and individuals in an effort to develop an open standard to help users assert their rights against online tracking. Now, it's bringing that online privacy protection to a new level. DuckDuckGo announced today that it is enabling the GPC setting by default in its mobile apps for Android and iOS as well as browser extensions for Google Chrome, Firef
  5. Search engines generally aim to return the most relevant results, but that's not always the case. Earlier this year we reported how popular pirate sites were dropping from Google's top results and the same appears to be happening in DuckDuckGo as well now, with Bing not staying behind. Over the past few years the entertainment industries have repeatedly asked search engines to step up their game when it comes to their anti-piracy efforts. In addition to processing takedown notices, Google and Bing are now also actively working with rightshol
  6. Pro-privacy upstart claims EU antitrust remedy is not fit for purpose Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo will no longer appear on Google's European search preference menu for Android in most countries, despite being the most popular choice after Google. The company has complained in response to Google's publication of its latest "choice screen winners". In 2019 Google agreed to provide Android users a prompt for selecting the default search provider, in response to a July 2018 decision by the European Commission that Google has been abusing its domina
  7. The privacy centered search engine DuckDuckGo has cleaned up its bangs database. In the process, the company also removed several search shortcuts for 'pirate' sites, to avoid potential liability issues. The removed bangs include those of the popular torrent sites The Pirate Bay and 1337x, as well other resources such as Sci-Hub and OpenSubtitles. First launched just a decade ago, search engine DuckDuckGo is a goto tool for Internet users who value their privacy. Unlike many competitors, the site doesn’t keep a record of users’ IP addresses or other sensitive informat
  8. 2019 may finally be the year for ‘The Search Engine That Doesn’t Track You’ In late November, hotel conglomerate Marriott International disclosed that the personal information of some 500 million customers — including home addresses, phone numbers, and credit card numbers — had been exposed as part of a data breach affecting its Starwood Hotels and Resorts network. One day earlier, the venerable breakfast chain Dunkin’ (née Donuts) announced that its rewards program had been compromised. Only two weeks before that, it was revealed that a major two-factor authentication prov
  9. DuckDuckGo, the popular search engine alternative to Google has announced today that its address and map searches on mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework. DuckDuckGo is one of the first companies to rely on MapKit for its data and touts the privacy that the move brings to its users. DuckDuckGo shared the news on its blog today: The company said it is excited to be working with Apple to “set a new standard of trust online, and we hope you’ll enjoy this update.” It is also seeking feedback from users to help
  10. Enable DuckDuckGo in Google Chrome 73 The latest update for Google Chrome introduced a series of welcome changes, such as the dark mode on macOS, but the new version also comes with new options that you may not notice at first. One of them is support for DuckDuckGo, the privacy-oriented search engine that’s finally available for Google Chrome users as a built-in option. DuckDuckGo is now offered as a Google Chrome feature to users in total of 60 markets, including several European countries like Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. DuckDuckGo
  11. DuckDuckGo is now a default search engine option in Chrome Google says its updated options are "based on popularity of search engines in different locales." DuckDuckGo is now one of Chrome's default search engine options. DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo is now a default search option in Google's Chrome browser. Google included private search engine DuckDuckGo in its updated lists of default search engines for Chrome 73, which the search giant released Tuesday.
  12. DuckDuckGo launches Tracker Radar and open sources its code The privacy search engine company, DuckDuckGo, has announced the availability of Tracker Radar which helps users boost their privacy online. Users can benefit from the tool by using DuckDuckGo’s apps and extensions. To block trackers with Tracker Radar, DuckDuckGo periodically crawls a large set of the top websites. It then looks at how often a resource is used in a third-party context, how often it sets cookies, how it uses browser APIs, and how likely it is that those APIs will identif
  13. Under pressure from rightsholders, Google makes pirate sites harder to find in search results. As a result, pirates are increasingly advising each other to use DuckDuckGo instead. Surprisingly, in response to a very popular 'pirate' search term, Google appears to agree its rival is the best option. In an ideal world, search engine users would be presented with the most authoritative set of results in response to a specific search. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world but companies like Google, given the scale of the task, do a reasonable
  14. DuckDuckGo adds Indian servers and new options The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo announced the launch of new features and servers recently on the company's Spread Privacy blog. The company added servers in India to better serve Indian users, a new "past year" data range filter, and dark theme refinements to the desktop version of the service. The search engine supported time-based filters for a long time but the options were limited to a maximum length of one month up until now. DuckDuckGo users can activate the "Any Time" filter on search
  15. If a site offers HTTPS, DuckDuckGo's Smarter Encryption will take you there. It's increasingly common for the data that passes between your browser and a website's server to be encrypted with HTTPS, which makes it impossible for outside snoops to read. But you don't get that protection if the URL drops that crucial "S" after HTTP. And while some mechanisms do redirect you to an encrypted version of a site, they often do so only after exposing that initial request. The makers of the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo think there's a better way. Today D
  16. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey took aim at Google on Wednesday in a cheeky tweet. The tweet read: "I love @DuckDuckGo. My default search engine for a while now. The app is even better!" DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused search engine that shows all users the same results for any given search term or terms. It sets itself up as a privacy-focused rival to data-hungry Google. Dorsey has form when it comes to trolling big tech firms, with Facebook a particular target of his ire in recent months. Jack Dorsey isn't a fan of Google search, it seems.
  17. Google has announced the inaugural winners of its controversial Android “choice screen” search engine auction in Europe, with privacy-focused Google alternative DuckDuckGo emerging as one of the big winners. Microsoft’s Bing, by contrast, faired less well. DuckDuckGo will be one of three alternative search engines offered by Google during new Android phone setups in every European country, while Bing will be an option only in the U.K. However, given that this was a closed auction process, it’s difficult to know which search providers applied for inclusion in which mark
  18. We welcome the EU cracking down on Google's anti-competitive search behavior. We have felt its effects first hand for many years and has led directly to us having less market share on Android vs iOS and in general mobile vs desktop. A couple examples. Up until just last year, it was impossible to add DuckDuckGo to Chrome on Android, and it is still impossible on Chrome on iOS. We are also not included in the default list of search options like we are in Safari, even though we are among the top search engines in many countries. The Google search widget is fea
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