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DuckDuckGo's Policies


  • DuckDuckGo has a ton of built-in "goodies" that allow you perform tasks, such as converting units and generating QR codes.
  • Like the goodies, DDG has "bangs" which allow you to search other sites. Searches to these sites look like they originate from DDG's servers, so it protects the privacy of your search (at least the first pageload). Examples:
edward snowden !g - Google
chelsea manning !w - Wikipedia
richard stallman !yt - YouTube
debian !gi - Google Images
glenn greenwald !n - Google News
free software foundation !gm - Google Maps
jingoism !d - Free Dictionary
Full list here

Setting DuckDuckGo as Default Search Engine



Other Desktop Browsers

Mobile Devices

Potential Problems

We've been recommending DuckDuckGo on this wiki for some time, and (as of September 2013) it still seems to respect user privacy. However, it is based in the United States and, as such, may be vulnerable to surveillance programs/police searches/laws like PRISM, FISA, and PATRIOT. Other search engines like Startpage and Ixquick may also be vulnerable to (at least) programs like PRISM, but they are not based in the U.S. (at least not primarily). We invite you to decide for yourself and discuss this issue.


Alternatives to DuckDuckGo

Decentralized Solutions

  • These can be be installed and run locally on your computer or Web server, but take a bit more work than popping a search term into your browser or phone app.
  • YaCy
  • Seeks Protect