DuckDuckGo Anonymous Search Engine Statistics

NSA-thwarting alternative to Google search has a record year

By on January 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM.

NSA-thwarting alternative to Google search has a record year

You probably assume that Google holds a monopoly on Internet search. Think again. According to a blog post, DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t collect or share any of your personal information, processed a record 1 billion searches in 2013. Unlike Google, DuckDuckGo will never store historical search data or inundate you with targeted ads, sell your information to the highest bidder, or invite you to a terrible social network. Much like T-Mobile, the search engine’s spirited message convinced a great deal of users to rethink what they had been told was the status quo. More →

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NSA PRISM Impact DuckDuckGo

NSA PRISM scandal gives big boost to little-used, privacy-friendly search engine

By on June 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM.

NSA PRISM scandal gives big boost to little-used, privacy-friendly search engine

Revelations about the National Security Agency’s vast intelligence gathering operations may have been the best thing to happen to lesser known search engine DuckDuckGo. VentureBeat reports that the obscure search engine, which bills itself as an escape from Google’s data-tracking search engine, has been having its best-ever week of traffic after visitors conducted a record 2.35 million searches on Wednesday. While this is obviously still a far cry from typical Google or Bing traffic, it’s still an impressive leap for a search engine that has handled fewer than 1.5 million daily queries throughout most of 2013. DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg tells VentureBeat that he believes “the surveillance story is paramount right now, and people are talking about it” and that “DuckDuckGo users are telling their friends and family about the private alternatives.”

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