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I'm looking into more secure/private browsers and search engines, and DuckDuckGo keeps popping up. I'm curious if anyone has anything good or bad to say about it?

https://duckduckgo.com/about

For mobile, it looks like it is a stand alone browser. For desktop, it appears to be a search engine (or search extension) for an existing browser, like Chrome or Firefox.

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Good overall, but it does have less results than google.
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Good overall, but it does have less results than google.
Which is a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on situations.

I use it, most of the time. If I get serious about something, I use Google as well, as a cross reference.
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Good overall, but it does have less results than google.
Maybe, but at least the results aren't skewed. DDG is my main search engine and has been for over 5 years now.
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Which is a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on situations.

I use it, most of the time. If I get serious about something, I use Google as well, as a cross reference.
I don't use google at all anymore. I just don't trust them to give me a real answer. I don't want answers filtered through their lens of liberalism and progressiveism.
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I’ve used Goog maybe twice in the last five years.
DDG most often.
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I'm looking into more secure/private browsers and search engines, and DuckDuckGo keeps popping up. I'm curious if anyone has anything good or bad to say about it?

https://duckduckgo.com/about

For mobile, it looks like it is a stand alone browser. For desktop, it appears to be a search engine (or search extension) for an existing browser, like Chrome or Firefox.

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IMO as a rule of thumb, your security / privacy is dictated by 3 things ;
  1. Technical know-how regarding what you were doing
  2. Best practice
  3. Common sense

Rarely the use of any specialized tool would help if the person doesn't have the knowledge regarding their operational limit or other fundamental technical knowledge.

Personally I only use Duck Duck Go search sparingly, and for general day to day use I'm using Google Chrome for the sole purpose of convenience (Google service integration).

However for more specialized task I do have separate laptop running Linux along with customized Firefox browser.

The look of my general use browser (nothing fancy there):

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I use DDG for any searches. Has been more than adequate for me. I agree with @varuna about what dictates your security.
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I've been using Opera as a browser, with DuckDuckGo as a search engine, for the past six months or so. I used to use Google Chrome primarily (Chrome browser and Google search engine), but after reading Glenn Greenwalds's book No Place to Hide, I decided I wanted to stay away from Google as much as possible. I did research and found sources stating the Opera browser protects your privacy and the DuckDuckGo search engine protects your privacy. (I don't know whether or not this is actually true, of course.)

I could be using the DuckDuckGo browser and the DuckDuckGo search engine, but using Opera for the browser and DuckDuckGo for the search engine seems to be working out okay for me, so I guess I'll stick with it.
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Opera browser, DuckDuckGo search engine.
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I'm looking into more secure/private browsers and search engines, and DuckDuckGo keeps popping up. I'm curious if anyone has anything good or bad to say about it?

https://duckduckgo.com/about

For mobile, it looks like it is a stand alone browser. For desktop, it appears to be a search engine (or search extension) for an existing browser, like Chrome or Firefox.

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I use Nord VPN as well whenever I'm connected to the internet but have set DDG as my default browser search for several months now. As some have noted, I don't get the same or as many search results as Google sometimes. There have been a few occasions where I've gone to Google and searched again to find a result I needed but not many times. So I would give it a thumbs up overall. Not being as tracked as you are with Google is definitely a good thing! All those targeted ads that used to pop up for me at other sites have been greatly reduced! Thumbs up!

I just ran across another site that is supposed to be safe for searching as well. If you go to www.startpage.com it is another "secure search" site. It says it uses Google search results but just puts it out for you without the tracking, etc. No option to use that as my default search but I've been using it a bit to evaluate it. It does indeed appear to give you the same results as Google. Don't know as much about how exactly secure it is yet though in comparison to Duck Duck Go.
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Both DuckDuckGo and Start Page are good search engines.

Neither tracks what you do. Google tracks everything you do.

The Chrome browser is also something to stay away from. It's spyware and also records every site you go to.


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I just ran across another site that is supposed to be safe for searching as well. If you go to www.startpage.com it is another "secure search" site. It says it uses Google search results but just puts it out for you without the tracking, etc. No option to use that as my default search but I've been using it a bit to evaluate it. It does indeed appear to give you the same results as Google. Don't know as much about how exactly secure it is yet though in comparison to Duck Duck Go.
Start page uses Google search results, but it blocks your IP address and Google cookies, so Google does not know who you are. It's basically a filter to protect you from Google.
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I'm looking into more secure/private browsers and search engines, and DuckDuckGo keeps popping up. I'm curious if anyone has anything good or bad to say about it?

https://duckduckgo.com/about

For mobile, it looks like it is a stand alone browser. For desktop, it appears to be a search engine (or search extension) for an existing browser, like Chrome or Firefox.

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I've used it and Startpage as my search engines for some time.

Typically, I don't use a dedicated app. I use Brave or Firefox plus privacy/security extensions on desktop or mobile with the default search engine and homepage set to that website.
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I use DDG, and am generally happy with it. As some have noted, there are fewer results, but hey....if I am looking for something, , I don't NEED 4,567,124 results.
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TOR browser is just FireFox with some security tweaks. If you use the TOR browser, you may as well browse onion sites from the Tails OS. Also, keep in mind, that too much security and you won't be able to get to several large sites (gmail, facebook, etc).

Do basic searches and browsing on your normal operating system using whatever browser you want. Anything secure should be run through VPN, and from a bootable Tails USB. That's where you want to use TOR. Encryption is a must and don't for a second think that it's even totally secure... but it's way beyond the average user. But something to consider, is that the ones that really know crazy computer stuff, are on the deep web. You're never really safe...
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TOR browser is just FireFox with some security tweaks. If you use the TOR browser, you may as well browse onion sites from the Tails OS. Also, keep in mind, that too much security and you won't be able to get to several large sites (gmail, facebook, etc).
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Why would any of us go to those sites?
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Why would any of us go to those sites?

By "those" I'm assuming you mean sites like "silk road"? There is so much more to the deep web. Not all of the deep web is as it's being portrayed.
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By "those" I'm assuming you mean sites like "silk road"? There is so much more to the deep web. Not all of the deep web is as it's being portrayed.
No, I mean google, farcebook and their ilk. Silk Road and the like, I understand completely.
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No, I mean google, farcebook and their ilk. Silk Road and the like, I understand completely.

Oh haha... went right over my head.
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