Wait, what is DuckDuckGo?
DuckDuckGo is an alternative search engine that has been surging in popularity over the past couple of years. Why use an alternative search engine (assuming Google is the default choice)? Well, there might be several reasons for that:
- Flee Google’s creepy data collection policies
- Avoid Google and others’ filtering of search results based on your search/web history and location
- You dislike Google Plus’s influence over your search results
- Google’s complete dominance over search and various other market segments makes you uneasy
That only scratches the surface. Those are totally valid. DuckDuckGo is often sought as an alternative for those reasons, particularly for user privacy; DuckDuckGo doesn’t store any information about its users, leaving your search history unavailable to law enforcement, surveillance agencies, data breaches and hacks, and unscrupulous employees.
We’re going to focus on perhaps the most compelling reason to choose a new search engine, though: giving you better search results.
DuckDuckGo relies on an array of sources, including their own web crawler, Yahoo, Bing, Yandex, and Wikipedia when rendering search results. It uses its own proprietary technology to choose the best sources for search results and then re-ranks, removes spam, and adds additional information as appropriate.
Let’s see where they are best-in-class. Click “next” to find out!