Is DuckDuckGo just a gimmick or actually useful privacy-wise?

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    • #67529
      Anonymous
      Guest

      is it just a gimmick?

    • #67530
      Anonymous
      Guest

      They hide the least results, so no.

      • #67532
        Anonymous
        Guest

        what do you mean

    • #67531
      Anonymous
      Guest

      It’s much better than google in terms if privacy and bias, unless you’re mentally ill.

      • #67533
        Anonymous
        Guest

        >privacy
        but whatever website you visit from there will still be able to track you and leave cookies.. so it’s not that private

        • #67538
          Anonymous
          Guest

          >TrackTrackGoy

          Nothing but a frontend for bing

          This. Just use Google. You’re getting spied on either way.

          • #67539
            Anonymous
            Guest

            Use Yandex, it’s better than Google.

            • #67540
              Anonymous
              Guest

              Yandex is Russian jank and has the worst results of all of them.

              • #67541
                Anonymous
                Guest

                deprecated american detected, Yandex has the best results

              • #67555
                Anonymous
                Guest

                Not when it comes to Reverse Image Search. At least for NFSW stuff it’s MILES ahead of Google.

              • #67557
                Anonymous
                Guest

                its image search is the best out there
                it also shows results for things nothing else does, like piracy stuff, since they don’t give a fuck about that
                only downside is the russian site focus, making it harder to find english language results for less specific queries

            • #67542
              Anonymous
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              • #67543
                Anonymous
                Guest

                He’s not talking about better in terms of privacy. He’s talking about search results, scrotebrain.

              • #67544
                Anonymous
                Guest

                Yandex has better results, privacy is the same (none), except the information is in the hands of a bunch of Russians so who cares

          • #67550
            Anonymous
            Guest

            >just have gay sex you’re getting bonked anyway.

          • #67559
            Anonymous
            Guest

            >You’re getting spied on either way.
            >he doesn’t know about searx
            g is dumb

            • #67563
              Anonymous
              Guest

              How does searx prevent spying?

              • #67565
                Anonymous
                Guest

                Searx (/sɜːrks/; stylized as searx) is a free metasearch engine,[4] available under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3, with the aim of protecting the privacy of its users.[5][6][7] To this end, Searx does not share users’ IP addresses or search history with the search engines from which it gathers results. Tracking cookies served by the search engines are blocked, preventing user-profiling-woke af results modification.[8][9] By default, Searx queries are submitted via HTTP POST,[a] to prevent users’ query keywords from appearing in webserver logs.[10][11] Searx was inspired by the Seeks project,[10] though it does not implement Seeks’ peer-to-peer user-sourced results ranking.

                • #67571
                  Anonymous
                  Guest

                  >Searx does not share users’ IP addresses or search history with the search engines from which it gathers results
                  … but the Searx instance still gets your search results, so what’s the difference?

                  you are trusting a random running an instance with your data

                  • #67573
                    Anonymous
                    Guest

                    >you are trusting a random running an instance with your data
                    anon, you can host yourself

                    • #67576
                      Anonymous
                      Guest

                      And now you are sending information to all the search engines every time you search something. Genius.

                      • #67578
                        Anonymous
                        Guest

                        anon, you should get checked out for being so scrotebrained. you can turn off the engines you don’t want to use, you can just use one or several or all. anon, why so skeptical? who hurt you?

                      • #67581
                        Anonymous
                        Guest

                        So Searx doesn’t offer any added privacy. If you host your own, you are interfacing with the search engines anyway. If you don’t host your own, you are sending your data to whoever owns the instance.

                        I accept your concession.

                      • #67582
                        Anonymous
                        Guest

                        >doesn’t know how to host remotely
                        scrotebrain

                      • #67585
                        Anonymous
                        Guest

                        Anonymous hosting doesn’t exist. See: epik fail

                      • #67586
                        Anonymous
                        Guest

                        what do you use?

                      • #67587
                        Anonymous
                        Guest

                        >Anonymous hosting doesn’t exist
                        You’ve never heard of running a home server?

                      • #67588
                        Anonymous
                        Guest

                        >i didn’t read the reply chain but assume i know what you’re talking about

                      • #67619
                        Anonymous
                        Guest

                        anonymous hosting exists so long as its on an .onion, i2p site, or gnunet/freenet.
                        internet is not www – the www is a panopticon.

                • #67574
                  Anonymous
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                  • #67575
                    Anonymous
                    Guest

                    >Do not use searx images. It leaks your IP all over the place.
                    is there proof of this?

                    • #67579
                      Anonymous
                      Guest

                      open your dev console network and then search an image

                      • #67580
                        Anonymous
                        Guest

                        what does my dev console have to do with the external searx instance?

                      • #67583
                        Anonymous
                        Guest

                        When you use searx images, your browser connects to every website hosting the images, and if Bing is enabled (usually is by default), since Bing uses a proxy, multiple connections to Bing will be made.

                        Many search engines don’t leak your IP all over the place like that by caching the images themselves and only showing you the results.

              • #67569
                Anonymous
                Guest

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Searx
                searx is better than everything but also it utilizes all search engines

          • #67614
            Anonymous
            Guest

            Firstly, this isn’t even true. Secondly, this is like scoring an own goal after you’ve just conceded. There’s no reason for you to just make things worse just because the situation is already bad.

          • #67621
            Anonymous
            Guest

            >i’m gonna smoke 3 packs of cigarettes a day and eat 10,000 calories bc fuck it i’m gonna die some day anyway

            • #67635
              Anonymous
              Guest

              When the alternative is getting popcorn lung from vaping (i.e. every other search engine), I’d rather just take the less pretentious option.

        • #67545
          Anonymous
          Guest

          >but whatever website you visit from there will still be able to track you and leave cookies
          So don’t use the internet at all.

          • #67546
            Anonymous
            Guest

            you’re a cancer

            • #67547
              Anonymous
              Guest

              >zomg the external sites you visit can still track you!
              >I’m the cancer
              Yeah fuck off scrote.

              • #67548
                Anonymous
                Guest

                A good search engine would not list sites that track you.

                • #67549
                  Anonymous
                  Guest

                  What you’re actually looking for is a searchable index of neocities webpages my dude.

        • #67551
          Anonymous
          Guest

          >his browser doesn’t strip HTTP referer from request headers
          >enabling javascript and cookies for rando websites by default
          lmao

          • #67554
            Anonymous
            Guest

            >his browser doesn’t strip HTTP referer from request headers
            What browser does this?

            • #67561
              Anonymous
              Guest

              Any Gecko-woke af browser (Firefox, IceCat, SeaMonkey etc…) Can be configured to do this in about:config (search for ‘trim’).

            • #67567
              Anonymous
              Guest

              Any Gecko-woke af browser (Firefox, IceCat, SeaMonkey etc…) Can be configured to do this in about:config (search for ‘trim’).

              disabling referrers entirely can break some sites, especially things which don’t allow hotlinks (not sending referrers can result in hotlink warnings on the site you’re meant to be viewing it on)
              use something like RefControl if you want to enable referrers on a per-site basis

              • #67577
                Anonymous
                Guest

                I use 3 for the trimming policy I’m about:config. Hasn’t broken a site for me in almost a year, so I’m quite happy with it.

        • #67616
          Anonymous
          Guest

          No shit but the actual search engine is private.

          • #67649
            Anonymous
            Guest

            so what’s the difference between it and incognito?

            • #67651
              Anonymous
              Guest

              incognito still ties the searches to your IP/device and it still adjusts search results

        • #67623
          Anonymous
          Guest

          I use private mode for 90% of my browsing, so that the cookies get deleted once I close the browser. This + containers ought to help a bit, at least

    • #67534
      Anonymous
      Guest

      >TrackTrackGoy

    • #67535
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Does it still leak your IP to all your search results even if you don’t visit them?

    • #67537
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Nothing but a frontend for bing

      • #67650
        Anonymous
        Guest

        its just a frontend for bing

        A bit more than that, actually
        >DuckDuckGo’s results are a compilation of "over 400" sources, including Yahoo! Search BOSS, Wolfram Alpha, Bing, Yandex, its own web crawler (the DuckDuckBot) and others. It also uses data from crowdsourced sites, including Wikipedia, to populate knowledge panel boxes to the right of the results.

    • #67552
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I look things up on Duck Duck and find them. I actually get what I’m looking for instead of Google showing me things. Found a lot of incredibly woke af videos.

    • #67553
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Google is trying to steer society in the direction they think it should go. Maybe duck duck go is too, I dunno, but I know google is for a fact:
      https://youtu.be/LUSZfEBTwRc

    • #67584
      Anonymous
      Guest

      just use searx, duckduckgo blows

    • #67589
      Anonymous
      Guest

      >searx
      The best on paper, in practice it gives inconsistent results, sometimes none, without a reason
      >startpage
      Good features (can load entire webpages through a proxy), owned by an advertising company, do not trust
      >duckduckgo
      Probably the best balance between privacy and search quality, don’t really trust the guy behind it

      • #67609
        Anonymous
        Guest

        I prefer startpage the most. Yes, it’s owned by an ad company, but they are upfront about this and have never been caught doing anything wrong. They don’t even advertise the search engine. The devs seem chill too as they openly interact with users if you have a question. The ad company that bought startpage seems to not really be all that interested in being balls deep in it. It is just another asset.
        Duck duck go on the other hand is suspicious. They advertise their shit EVERYWHERE including on billboards in real life. They have spent millions on marketing and gone out of their way to craft a certain image. From the rooftops they yell, "LOOK AT US, PRIVACY, PRIVACY, PRIVACY." This is the same reason I won’t use Brave. I am very skeptical of anything that goes out of its way to aggressively market itself in this way.
        Just my two cents

    • #67607
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I’ve been using duckduckgo for years, each time I use modern google it sucks more and more, with more irrelevant results appearing. It’s such a shame in a way because I remember when google was still good.

    • #67611
      Anonymous
      Guest

      its just a frontend for bing

    • #67613
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Bangs rock, they save me a lot of time. I don’t actually find myself on duckduckgo.com that much since most of the time I already know where I want to go, I just don’t want to type out wikipedia.org or whatever and find the search box.

    • #67634
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Google results are worthless unless you think your TV is the universal foundation of truth. There’s not really a decent alternative to duckduckgo outside of metas like searx.

    • #67648
      Anonymous
      Guest
    • #67660
      Anonymous
      Guest

      > using internet
      > "is it a gimmick"

      dude, everything with privacy and internet is a meme. Just buy a encyclopedia book set for best results.

      • #67663
        Anonymous
        Guest

        i normally use a set of encyclopaedias and an unabridged dictionary for looking up stuff. The internet is fluff

    • #67661
      Anonymous
      Guest

      it’s a lot better at finding image results for adult content, like hentai. truely a search engine for the cultured individuals under us.

    • #67662
      Anonymous
      Guest

      No, they don’t hide shit like google does. I searched for my oven model in google so I could buy parts and it filtered all the results. Duckduckgo gave me a ton of useful links with parts lists and manuals.

    • #67664
      Anonymous
      Guest

      !bangs are the best thing ever, even without the privacy selling point the !bangs alone make it a top tier browser

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