One more reason to stop using Google as a primary search engine.

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One more reason to stop using Google as a primary search engine.

By: Joseph Reis – X Tech News


Google is the authentic search engine giant. Its share worldwide reaches 70% (including China) and in countries like Spain it exceeds even 90%. That does not mean there are no alternatives. And, for many users, much higher. One of them is the DuckDuckGo search engine, which focuses on privacy and shortcut functions to search (called ‘bangs’ ) that work really well. Now, this search engine has just released a new feature that justifies leaving Google forever more than ever. It is an extension and an ‘app’ that promises to isolate you from the crawl that Google and other search engines make of your browsing to serve you better publicity.

Many users are given the same privacy, but it is a relief to know that at least there are alternatives to protect your information from the great technology if that is really what you are looking for. DuckDuckGo, based in Pennsylvania, USA, is one of the most reliable. Now more. The extension just launched (works with virtually any browser) and the application (on iOS and Android) directly block advertising networks used by Google, Facebook and other companies to know your browsing habits and serve you advertising.

It may be something that does not bother you, or even that you like to meet new products and offers, but if it is not, the best option is to give DuckDuckGo a chance. Both the application and the extension also add scores to each web page based on their level of encryption and security and their intensive use or not of advertising networks. It also analyses the terms of use and privacy of many pages and offers them summarized so you know exactly what you are committing to when you sign up for a new service.

DuckDuckGo has managed to make a small hole in a field completely dominated by Google. And that says a lot about the usefulness of this page. A year ago, it announced that it had processed more than 10 billion searches since its inception in 2009. A year later, that figure has jumped to 16,000 million searches. Nothing bad.

Some time ago we tested and thoroughly analysed this search engine. The conclusion: you will not miss Google, just the opposite. Beyond the promise of privacy, the ‘bangs’, those shortcuts that are written in the browser bar to get more quickly to the desired pages, are a small wonder once you get used to them. There are more than 8,000, such as Wikipedia in English and Spanish (wen! And wes!), Twitter (! Tw), YouTube (! Yt). It is impossible to leave Google altogether, so there are also those of Google Images (! gi) and Google Maps (! m).)

The operation is simple: if you want to go to the Wikipedia page of Charles Darwin, for example, you only have to type in the browser “! Wen Charles Darwin”. If you want to search for ‘The origin of the species’ in Amazon, you type “! Amazon the origin of the species”. This way you skip the results page and go directly to the desired website. It is a small detail, but one that will save you a lot of time throughout the day. And if you add the front of protecting your privacy, you probably want to say goodbye to Google forever.

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