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Anyone using DuckDuckGo...

Post by rick gen » Thu May 11, 2017 2:46 pm

...for a search engine?

Seems Google has become a massive miner of personal infos.
Yahoo is probably getting there, but not as callous as Google.

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Re: Anyone using DuckDuckGo...

Post by Moem » Thu May 11, 2017 2:55 pm

rick gen wrote:...for a search engine?

Seems Google has become a massive miner of personal infos.
That's been going on for quite a while.

I use https://startpage.com and I'm quite happy with it. Worth a try, I'd say.
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Post by Citizen229 » Thu May 11, 2017 2:59 pm

I find DDG to be better at giving me what I want. Everytime I use google, I have to scroll through atleast 1 page of advertisement links related to my search query. Yahoo search atleast label the ads as sponsored links under the url, and there is only 4 or 5 of them.
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Post by Hoser Rob » Thu May 11, 2017 3:32 pm

Sometimes DDG but usually Startpage HTTPS. I just find that the latter gives me better results. Am I the only Chrome user who almost never uses Google to search?

For me it isn't so much a privacy issue. WHat bugs me more about Google is that they place sites that use Google ads higher in the search ranking. So I get a lot of crap commercail sites/blogs when I'm looking for relevant info.

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Post by Bolle1961 » Thu May 11, 2017 5:02 pm

yep, from the beginning, 2007 / 2008? Somewhere around that time.
In the beginning was google better, but the last years I only use DDG
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Post by slipstick » Thu May 11, 2017 5:08 pm

I've used only startpage (formerly called ixquick) for many years - no complaints.
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Post by Cosmo. » Thu May 11, 2017 5:53 pm

The problem with DDG is, that the server are placed in the US. :roll:

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Post by benchrest » Thu May 11, 2017 7:37 pm

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Re: Anyone using DuckDuckGo...

Post by sammiev » Thu May 11, 2017 8:09 pm

+1 to Startpage. Been using it for many years now.

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Re: Anyone using DuckDuckGo...

Post by sphyrth » Thu May 11, 2017 8:47 pm

I mainly use DDG for its !bang commands. I think that people started losing trust on it once its devs announced its Partnership with Yahoo, even with this promises to keep things private.
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Post by Pierre » Thu May 11, 2017 11:18 pm

generally it's usually DDG or Startpage, & if I've not already modified the search engine list.
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Re: Anyone using DuckDuckGo...

Post by rick gen » Fri May 12, 2017 5:36 pm

Google probably knows more about you than you do about yourself. :D

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Re: Anyone using DuckDuckGo...

Post by Moem » Fri May 12, 2017 5:54 pm

mrjohnbates wrote:Also in the US, by Law the NSA has to have backdoor access to all Commercially used Encryption... and you might take note if you are not already aware of this that this makes VPN's virtually pointless.
Just the ones that operate in the US.
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Re: Anyone using DuckDuckGo...

Post by Neil Edmond » Fri May 12, 2017 6:16 pm

Yeah, I usually use DuckDuckGo, or StartPage.

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Post by majpooper » Sun May 14, 2017 11:44 pm

You are not going to hide from the NSA but I doubt they are selling your data to big corporations or impacting what ads you are seeing on line - but you can bet Google is. DDG claims they don't track you but who knows. As far as VPN goes I suppose it is useless, again, in terms of hiding but I think the encryption for almost all the hops (not sure about the last one) affords some additional level of protection for online banking and shopping.

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Post by vladtepes » Mon May 15, 2017 1:59 am

majpooper wrote:You are not going to hide from the NSA but I doubt they are selling your data to big corporations or impacting what ads you are seeing on line -
although it probably is worth worrying if you are getting ads for holidays to sunny Guantanomo Bay, Cuba....
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Re: Anyone using DuckDuckGo...

Post by Vanilla Lumina » Mon May 15, 2017 5:18 am

DuckDuckGo doesn't seem to find what I'm looking for all the time, and something tells me it builds part of its results from Bing's search, but the !bang system is definitely an innovative idea and I like it.

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Re: Anyone using DuckDuckGo...

Post by Citizen229 » Mon May 15, 2017 2:00 pm

Dont forget on top of that. In the US your can get prepaid cards at walmart and other retailers. You can load up the specific amount you want to spend. Anything over that amount will get rejected. It has the abilities of a credit card online, without someone being able to get your info and maxing out a credit limit. Even if someone does get your number string, they will have a hard time trying to buy things with the few cents positive balance on the card.
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Re: Anyone using DuckDuckGo...

Post by thom_A » Tue May 16, 2017 2:50 pm

majpooper wrote:You are not going to hide from the NSA but I doubt they are selling your data to big corporations or impacting what ads you are seeing on line - but you can bet Google is.
Interesting way to put it nonchalantly. Like one is more benign than the other. Yeah, invade Joe Citizen's privacy all you want uncle Sam as long as you're not selling his data!

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Re: Anyone using DuckDuckGo...

Post by Portreve » Tue May 16, 2017 4:42 pm

thom_A wrote:
majpooper wrote:You are not going to hide from the NSA but I doubt they are selling your data to big corporations or impacting what ads you are seeing on line - but you can bet Google is.
Interesting way to put it nonchalantly. Like one is more benign than the other. Yeah, invade Joe Citizen's privacy all you want uncle Sam as long as you're not selling his data!
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