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DuckDuckGo: Search engine with extra privacy

These are the special features of the alternative search engine

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that gives internet privacy a particularly high priority. As with Google or Bing, DuckDuckGo can be used to search for specific terms on the Internet. In addition to the high level of data protection measures, DuckDuckGo - a US company - has many more special features. And more than 50 million search queries per day speak for the quality of the search engine.

DuckDuckGo and data protection: In the service of privacy

Especially after the NSA revelations in 2013, interest in the alternative search engine increased enormously. The desire for a search service that attaches great importance to data protection and privacy was growing.

So it's no wonder that an increasing number of users are relying on DuckDuckGo. Because: The search engine stores neither IP addresses nor user information. It also uses cookies (text files that save user-relevant information) only to a limited extent. But that's not all the data protection measures that characterize DuckDuckGo.

1. Avoid ad network tracking

DuckDuckGo's data protection program blocks so-called ad network trackers. Companies use them specifically on their websites in order to precisely analyze the search behavior of Internet users. The fact that the alternative search engine prevents this speaks for its user-friendliness and the high level of data protection.

Would you like an overview of which pages have tried to track your data? Then click on the goose head icon to the right of the search bar. Under the item “Trackers Found” you will now find all tracking attempts that have been discovered.

2. Optimized encryption protection

DuckDuckGo forces websites - if available - to establish encrypted connections. These encrypted connections provide additional protection for search engine users. Because only when the connection is encrypted, the data of the site visitors cannot be traced from the outside. Encryption is an important security criterion that is also used in online banking, for example.

3. Search in privacy mode

Some search engines save their users' search queries even in privacy mode. DuckDuckGo, on the other hand, makes a clear statement and enables searches in privacy mode by default, in which the search activities are not saved.

4. Special service: turn off advertising

Just like the search service Ecosia, for example, DuckDuckGo is largely financed by placing advertisements among the first search hits. However, if you don't want to see them, you can turn off the advertisements. To do this, proceed as follows:

Open the settings menu.

Click on “other settings”.

Put the switch at the point "Advertising" from on to off.

Scroll down and click "save and exit".

Many search engines do not allow their users to turn off advertisements. This makes DuckDuckGo a pioneer in fulfilling this user request.

5. Privacy policy decrypted

DuckDuckGo works with the project "Terms of Service Didn’t Read" (in German: Terms of use not read). This project has set itself the task of analyzing and evaluating the terms of use and data protection guidelines of websites. The labeling runs from A to F, where A stands for fair data protection guidelines. If available, DuckDuckGo integrates these ratings into the search engine. In this way, users can recognize insecure web addresses at a glance.

6. "Self-destruct button" for deleting data

Another special feature is the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser. The mobile app version for the smartphone is hidden behind the privacy browser. There is a so-called "self-destruct button" here. One click on the flame is enough - the app deletes all collected data as well as search queries. All open tabs can also be closed in this way with just one click.

DuckDuckGo: Other unique selling points and special features

But not only the high data protection guidelines ensure the increasing popularity of the alternative search engine. Numerous additional functions also distinguish DuckDuckGo from other search services. On the one hand, the appearance can be individually adapted, for example. On the other hand, you can use little tricks to save valuable time on Internet research.

Individual design of the search engine

Adapt the look of the search engine to your own preferences - DuckDuckGo makes it possible. You can change the entire appearance of the search engine with just a few clicks. The so-called dark mode is particularly popular.