DuckDuckGo search engines are often the first choice of web searchers who want top-quality, reliable information without being bombarded with advertisements.
I’m sure you’re familiar with Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other popular search engines. Well, I’ve got some good news for you: there’s a new search engine around that offers better privacy and is more ethically focused.
That’s right, DuckDuckGo has joined the ranks of giants like Google and Bing to offer its own search engine. And this one is different from any rest because it doesn’t track you or your browsing history; instead, they compile anonymous data from its users to create general trends and share them with developers who can use the information to make their applications better.
So what does this mean for you? Aside from the fact that you’ll get a better answer to your search queries, it’s also a great way to help make the world a better place.
A Little Background on DuckDuckGo Search Engines
DuckDuckGo was launched in 2008 by Gabriel Weinberg after he became uncomfortable with other search engines that were either giving his personal information to advertisers or were trying to sell him products and services that he did not want.
In addition to being a search engine, they also have a news aggregation service, which aggregates quality news from around the world and provides you with a summary to find out quickly what is going on in the world. Given this feature, it may be surprising to learn that DuckDuckGo is not a news site itself.
They don’t have their own media staff, so they cannot provide the information you would find on other news sites. However, given their mission to help you find the most relevant information quickly and easily, they only provide summaries on some of their news sources.
While they don’t have traditional media staff at DuckDuckGo, they do have their own community of contributors and volunteers who come together to review and comment on articles that are submitted by regular people around the world. They then categorize articles with a set of topic tags and put them into a list to find with your search.
To summarize: DuckDuckGo is best for providing top-quality and relevant results while still protecting your privacy and avoiding all of the misleading or spammy websites that others may offer.
So how does DuckDuckGo work?
Unfortunately, I’m not sure if this article will make much sense without providing basic information about how search engines work and what they can and cannot do (no pun intended).
If you’re interested, I won’t stop you from reading more about it, but I’ve written up an overview of pretty much everything there is to know about search engines here: What Search Engines Can and Cannot Do (Overview).
The gist of it is that search engines are not magical or sentient computers, they’re just machines that search online databases.
Now that we’ve cleared that up let’s get into how DuckDuckGo actually works. To understand its working, you need to know about something called an “index.” So I’ll try to explain the process without getting too technical: Basically, when you enter a query in your browser’s address bar, the browser contacts a search engine and asks it to fetch the data from its database using your query as a key.
It does this by contacting all connected websites and asking them for their content using your query as a key. These connections are called “links,” They’re basically the paths the search engine uses to retrieve your desired data from its database.
In a way, it’s a lot like looking for a certain word or phrase in a book: you have to open each page until you find it.
When you search on Google, Google’s servers access its own database and search for records containing all the information you requested – even if that information is from web pages that aren’t connected to Google. This results in them collecting loads of data, metadata, and content about your searches.
This is how Google creates its profile of you and uses it later on to advertise relevant content to you.
DuckDuckGo, on the other hand, works a little differently. Yes, it has a database, but it doesn’t search inside other websites or third-party databases. Instead, its algorithm uses complicated processes to bounce your query from its servers to another source and get the data from there.
In other words, unlike Google, DuckDuckGo doesn’t track your searches because it doesn’t get the information from its own database; instead, they get information from other websites that aren’t connected to them or that choose not to share the data with their databases.
And to make it even clearer, let’s run through an example:
Let’s say you want to find out what the price of a camera is in New York. Instead of going to Google and typing “camera prices in New York” into the search bar, you search for “camera prices” on DuckDuckGo.
If your query matches someone else’s searching for the same thing, they might get their data from a web page or app that isn’t connected to DuckDuckGo, so they don’t have their own database of these results. So instead of downloading all the information your query returns from Google servers, DuckDuckGo sends them the articles from other websites that are not connected to them.
This means that instead of gathering your data, DuckDuckGo is just finding it for you. You can think of it as a middleman between you and the data you’re looking for.
Key Features of DuckDuckGo Search Engine
Many things make DuckDuckGo search results among the best out there. Here are some of our favorite features.
- Keyword Filtering
If you are searching for something specific, DuckDuckGo makes it easy to filter by keyword, ensuring that all relevant searches are found based on your request.
- Content-Based Scans
DuckDuckGo uses algorithms to find more relevant results for you. Once it has found relevant pages, they then use more detailed content-looking algorithms to find the most accurate information on those pages.
- Social Shouting
DuckDuckGo’s search engines are also unique for their social shouting feature. If you’re interested in something on one of their sites, you can make your request public, allowing people to see what you are saying and potentially even reply for themselves or share it with others.
- Near Misses
DuckDuckGo’s search engine works like an encyclopedia (hence the name) where they try to find all of the relevant pages that include any of your keywords. Their results are more comprehensive than most search engines, which give you the first page of results.
- Search by URL
All websites on their search engine are fully accessible through DuckDuckGo, so you don’t have to leave their website to visit the website you want.
- Quick Facts
Not only does DuckDuckGo provide detailed search results for tons of different domains, but they also provide quick facts on key topics that may be helpful for people looking for answers. Plus, if they can’t offer something, they will direct you toward other websites that may provide answers for you.
- Open Source
Their software is always available to be used and improved by users around the globe.
- Guiding Principles
DuckDuckGo uses ten guiding principles to make its search engine the best it can be. They want to bring you reliable and accurate results while keeping your privacy in mind, making sure that they give you the most relevant information possible while at the same time making sure you never run into any misleading or untrustworthy websites if that is what you wish.
How do you use it?
Setting up and using DuckDuckGo is very easy. If you’ve used other popular search engines, you’ll feel right at home with the way it works since it’s essentially identical. You type in your query or keyword into the search bar, click on “I’m Feeling Lucky” to have the first result selected, or click on one of the other results to see similar options.
That’s not a hyperlink – it’s a link to the actual website itself – DuckDuckGo doesn’t have its own domain name because they don’t track users and use other websites’ content instead of their own databases to provide answers.
And if you want more detailed instructions on adding duckduckgo to your website, check out DuckDuckGo’s user guide here: https://www.tomsguide.com/how-to/how-to-use-duckduckgo. If you have any questions or queries about DuckDuckGo, or if you think I missed something, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll reply as soon as possible.
The Bottom Line on DuckDuckGo Search Engine
So far we have talked about many great things that make DuckDuckGo search results among the best out there. However, there is one thing that may be a deal-breaker with some people: privacy. Many people consider their search history private information and do not want their entire habits tracked by Google.
If you are one of these people, then DuckDuckGo search engines are for you. They are built with privacy in mind, so they will not track your searches or your behavior when using their search engines.
While this may sound very appealing to people concerned about their privacy, this may also worry others because there is no way of knowing whether or not results on DuckDuckGo will be useful.
If someone’s dad has heart problems and searches for information on heart conditions on any other search engine, he may want information that is based on the most popular websites out there so he can get the most accurate information possible. However, if he is using DuckDuckGo, he may not be getting the best resources out there.
With that said, there are plenty of reasons why DuckDuckGo search engines are great for some people. For example, many people like how private they are and know that DuckDuckGo will never trace their search patterns back. They also like knowing that they won’t be bombarded with ads on results pages.
If you find yourself interested in these values and want to try out the DuckDuckGo experience first hand, you can easily do so online. You can visit their website here: https://duckduckgo.com/index_flash_intro_en.html.
They have a search engine that you can use right from your desktop, which will work just like any other search engine. You can also download their app to your Android or iPhone and take it with you wherever you go. There is also the option of using DuckDuckGo on your computer and searching through their proxy (https://duckduckgo.com/proxy_intro_en.html).
This is great because when someone uses their website or app to do searches, they will be redirected to the search results page through this proxy to keep information about your computer and browsing history private.
If you want to try out DuckDuckGo first hand, feel free to upload an article on them for us to review. We will of course keep your identity private unless you specifically want it to be revealed or you wish to disclose your identity yourself. We will let you know of our decision once we’ve had the chance to review it.
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