Why DuckDuckGo should NOT be trusted…

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Why DuckDuckGo should NOT be trusted…

DuckDuckGo is good enough to reduce the tracking of advertisers and to reduce the data profile as much as possible, but does not offer the protection that some hope for.
When Edward Snowden raised the interest in privacy, they saw a massive influx of users to DuckDuckGo. Snowden advocated the use of private search tools because they cannot be tracked. He also advocated the use of other data protection measures to create full data protection.

Although DuckDuckGo cannot track my searches or associate them with my personal information, this is a clear lack of privacy. Anyone who has access to your computer can view your searches in your browsing history. If a user or someone with access to my computer can see my search history, there is a clear conflict with the privacy claims that DuckDuckGo provides.
If you search on DuckDuckGo, your search term is visible in the address bar of your browser. As a result, your search term appears in the history. It makes no sense to let someone search the web anonymously, but to make your search terms visible to everyone.
Swisscows immediately encrypts your search term and does not show what you searched for in your browser or in your history. We save your search term in encrypted form, and when you finish the search, your search term expires so that no one has access to what you are looking for.


*** DuckDuckGo shows which links you have clicked.***

If you search for "cars" with DuckDuckGo, you click on one of the search results. Now, if you want to go back and start the same or a similar search, the already clicked link will be displayed in a different color, as is usually the case with Google. Does DuckDuckGo store the search results you have clicked on?


One of the features of DuckDuckGo that many of its users find attractive is "Bangs." These are similar shortcuts that allow you to browse other sites directly from within DuckDuckGo. For example, if you want to search for something on Amazon, you can do it directly from the search engine instead of navigating to Amazon first by entering '! and then select Amazon. Unfortunately, the functionality of "bangs" is often misrepresented and misunderstood. A certain amount of privacy is expected when using DuckDuckGo. Bangs are portrayed to browse other sites on the Internet using DDG's "Privacy Policy," but that's not the case. If you use DuckDuckGo and use bangs to search Google, there is no additional privacy. It's the same as going directly to Google and searching from there. Google can continue to track your search and associated metadata.

DuckDuckGo is not our friend. They support George Soros from r/The_Donald