Since it was first released on February 29, 2008, DuckDuckGo has become known as a search engine that puts privacy first, a browser that stops trackers from following you, and an app that protects you from trackers even when you’re just is accessing your email.
How does DuckDuckGo make money?
Now you’re probably wondering how DuckDuckGo makes money, and that’s a fair question. The company explains that since it doesn’t collect your personal data, the search results you see on DuckDuckGo are based on the websites you’re viewing rather than allowing trackers to use your browsing history to figure out who you are as a person. For example, if you’re searching for cars, you’ll see DuckDuckGo’s search recommendations for cars.
DuckDuckGo blocked 24 trackers working with ESPN’s website
Google crawlers follow you on 76% of internet websites
When you search for something on Google, you soon see advertisements for the product everywhere you go online. According to the Princeton Web Accountability and Transparency Project, Google has trackers that follow it on 76% of websites on the Internet. The same source says that Facebook has hidden trackers on 25% of online websites.
DuckDuckGo quotes former Google CEO and Chairman Eric Schmidt as saying that “Google’s policy on a lot of this stuff is to walk the creepy line, but not cross it.” But as the search engine points out, “for most people, that line was crossed by Google, Facebook and others a long time ago.”
Some people don’t mind being tracked on their internet travels
Now we should point out that not everyone has a disdain for being tracked over the Internet. It helps some people more easily compare the prices of a product they are interested in buying.
When you open a website with DuckDuckGo, you can see how many trackers the app blocks in real time. For example, 24 trackers were disabled on the ESPN site when we used the DuckDuckGo browser to visit the site just a few seconds ago. In the DuckDuckGo app, you can access settings to block email trackers and hide your email address without changing your email provider. You can also subscribe to App Tracking Protection and block hidden trackers in your other apps.