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May 25, 2018, 10:57:28 PM
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As long as it is the official search engine in TOR browser it is much better than google, no need to add anything else.

I never knew that TOR's default browser was DDG. I've never used TOR because I'm afraid it will be malicious to my computer somehow.
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May 26, 2018, 10:25:41 AM
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As long as it is the official search engine in TOR browser it is much better than google, no need to add anything else.

I never knew that TOR's default browser was DDG. I've never used TOR because I'm afraid it will be malicious to my computer somehow.

I wouldn´t worry about the TOR software, I´d rather worry about the rumors
that certain intelligence agencies (e.g. the NSA) are owning a non-negligible
percentage of the TOR exit nodes. If this is indeed true, your anonymity can be
compromised if you are unlucky.

Obviously TOR is still more anonymous than a regular internet connection.
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May 29, 2018, 02:47:52 PM
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I'm starting also to use this service.

Yeah, I try to stay away from Google companies whenever I can. They are getting too big. They can track you over half the Internet.
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June 03, 2018, 04:20:56 AM
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Search is a topic that needs to be a topic discussed in this community because there is a HUGE problem of only centralized monopolies that control the web-crawling results of duckduckgo, google, bing, yahoo, etc.

There is a complete lack of established independent crawlers that are used by people because anything that gets large enough is consumed by google, microsoft, yahoo/verizon. Duckduckgo is no alternative, its powered by the same underlying engine. This becomes control of data and control of flow of information....including information you will never see as it is censored from search.

How can web crawlers and search engines be effectively decentralized and usable?

(I see nothing available or is it my searches will never let me find something? something that may try to emerge...Laboratory for Web Algorithmics law.di.unimi.it/
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June 05, 2018, 11:33:19 PM
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I like Google because if I visit a website and purchase a widget, Google will follow me around the Net for the next week showcasing ads depicting the website so to entice me to revisit the site and purchase another widget. Meanwhile, the site is being charged for my eyeballs, sometimes for a larger chunk of change if I accidentally click the ad because my cursor was positioned over it while activating my touchpad thingy.

Image some wife using her husband's computer for mundane tasks and the ads she keeps seeing are for divorce lawyers. She could easily conclude that hubby wasn't searching for how to make breakfast delivered to his loved one in bed.
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June 06, 2018, 01:19:58 AM
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I just went to IE to see how a certain page renders compared to Chrome and after pasting the lengthy URL in search bar, a pop-up generated instructing me that if I wanted to search faster, type it in. Really?

At this penning, I'm still waiting for the page to generate, whereas with Chrome, I already have the resulting page ... sans duck or alpaca shit.
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June 07, 2018, 04:00:21 PM
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I don't like duckduckgo.
Well, I like it, I want to like it, I want to use it, but it's not functional to me.
The results are bad and I have to use Google to find what I want.

If you are a web developer, I am Sorry tô give you the bad news, but you need to study seo (search engine optimization). You have to study how google works and how he ranks webpages.

There is the encrypted.google.com

In Theory this encrypted google would not track you.. this is my primary search engine... I love ddg but it doesn't work Sad
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July 13, 2018, 06:59:44 PM
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If you think DuckDuckGo is a privacy respecting search engine, then remember the logic behind information theory: if you tell someone information, you can't un-tell them, your secret is out.


DuckDuckGo are simply promising you that they aren't collating your search data. There's no way of knowing what they do with it, until some whistleblower exposes something (not saying there will be such a thing, just that no-one except DuckDuckGo insiders actually know whether they collect data, or if they share it with anyone)

What's their promise worth? My view: not much. You can keep your search data private in other ways with far more credible guarantees.
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July 13, 2018, 10:39:20 PM
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You can keep your search data private in other ways with far more credible guarantees.

What other ways?
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July 13, 2018, 11:07:29 PM
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You can keep your search data private in other ways with far more credible guarantees.

What other ways?

  • Tor (there's a way to get the Tor Browser to give separate circuits i.e. IPs for each domain name you're visiting)
  • Virtual machines (I always use a fresh VM image every time I search something via the Disposable VM feature in QubesOS)

I plan to try using cjdns soon, I think it has better privacy properties than Tor (there's I2P, but I'm not sure it's much better than Tor for accessing standard DNS resolved web addresses)
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July 14, 2018, 11:00:11 AM
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I live in hope that surfers will return to direct navigation, but that seems to be less likely with every passing year.
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July 14, 2018, 12:13:37 PM
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DuckDuckGo is a sleeper with lots of potential..

Which reminds me. Google won the search engine war.

BING is great to.
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July 18, 2018, 05:03:42 AM
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Doesn’t DUckDuckGo run on the Tor network?  If you do a packet capture and check the IPs you should see them as tor nodes.  Also all traffic is encrypted I believe.  I like it for searching specific things like hacker stuff.  I’m a researcher.
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