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DuckDuckGo : The hacktivist’s search engine

So we’ve heard about the whole dodgy, alleged Anonymous-released Ubuntu-based operating system, but apparently the hacktivist group also has a search engine of choice.

The Next Web spotted that the oddly named DuckDuckGo is the search engine for Anon members, or at least some of them. Certainly no self-respecting web radical would be caught anywhere near Google’s brightly coloured logo, but still; DuckDuckGo?

Anonymous confirmed that they backed DuckDuckGo when The Next Web contacted them, stating that it was one of the safest search engines to use.

Why is it safe? Because it has a tight privacy policy, and a commitment not to track surfers.

In the help centre for the search engine, the owners note: “DuckDuckGo does not store any personal information, e.g. IP addresses or user agents: see our privacy policy for details. We also have an encrypted (SSL) version, two non-JS versions (HTML & lite), aTor hidden service (about), several privacy settings (including POST & RefControl), and we allow you to use URL parameters instead of cookies to store settings.”

DuckDuckGo underlines the fact that it not only provides “real privacy” while searching the net, but also “way less spam”, and “way more instant answers”. Not to mention way more ducks, we assume. It currently handles around 19 million search queries per month.