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DDG (And Your Online Privacy)

DDG (aka DuckDuckGo dot com) is a search engine which does not track you, store information about you, and then sell your profile. (What that means is, it is “anti-Big Brother”.)

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Those of you who are uneasy with Google (and.. that should be all of you, IMHO) and the “profile” they collect on our “online behavior” will want to take a look at DDG.
(If you aren’t concerned about your “online privacy”, or haven’t given it much thought, please click on the image above, and see a simple, illustrated explanation of why you might want to rethink.)

PC Magazine rated DDG a Top 100 website in 2011; and, here’s one review of DDG: Privacy-Protecting Search Engine Challenges Google

An ultra-private search engine hopes to attract users tired of handing over personal information.Read more..

.. because the idea of switching your browser’s home page, or moving away from the superpower named Google is a big one, here’s another: DuckDuckGo Search Engine Review

Could a simple search engine run by one guy actually deliver a better search experience than either Google or Bing? Well, for some searches at least, Gabe Weinberg’s search engine DuckDuckGo delivers both better search results and an easier-to-navigate presentation of those results than the big guys.Read more..

I don’t think DDG will suit everyone, all the time.. but you may want to be aware of it as an “alternative”.. Firefox and Chrome users can download DDG ‘extensions’.

Idjits in Washington: horrible things are going to happen to the Internet, don’t you know. Why? The ongoing battle against ‘piracy’, and Digital Rights Management.. in a word, Hollywood and their idjit pals (paid agents?) in Washington. Please read Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works.
(And yes. Once again it’s time to write your Congressperson.)

This just in: Ways to Sync Your SkyDrive Files To Your Computer, Tablet and Smartphone

I started to wonder what FREE options are there available to sync the files on my computer or tablet or smartphone with my SkyDrive Account.  As a result I went on the hunt and found the following options available that will help you take full advantage of SkyDrive..” Read more..

Today’s quote:One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.” ~ John Burroughs

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January 3, 2012 - Posted by | computers, Internet, privacy | , , , , ,


  1. TechPaul,

    As always, I appreciate what you do for me! Thanks for the link back…



    Comment by Ramblinrick | January 3, 2012 | Reply

    • Rick,
      It is both a pleasure and a privilege to mention your What’s On My PC.. website. It’s one of my few remaining “daily reads”.

      And folks? I highly recommend giving it a look-see.


      Comment by techpaul | January 3, 2012 | Reply

  2. Gonna give this Duck site a spin..Added it to my search engines to make it a total of 20 different types of searches. I like what comes up…watergate at DuckDuckGo. Need to mess with the settings. The colours are gawd awful.

    I think i will stick with my almost 65 Gigs of Cloudness with Minus and DropBox. Just got my aunt to using it and I don’t want to have to teach her anything new now..LOL


    Comment by delenn13 | January 3, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      I know from prior comments.. well, my question is: did you poke around the DDG Forum at all? (Maybe there’s something about the colors in there..)

      I am intrigued with the !bang “terms”, as I tend to use the same resources a lot… have to play with it a bit..


      Comment by techpaul | January 3, 2012 | Reply

      • No forum or chatroom yet…Just test driving it. Not sure if I will use the !bang thing, since I use Mycroft Project: Search Engine Plugins – Firefox & IE8. it pretty much serves all my needs…From Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon to Urban Dictionary(I use that a lot). It’s easy to set up. DDG is #83 in the Top 100.


        Comment by delenn13 | January 3, 2012 | Reply

        • FWIW, The colours are under the settings. :)


          Comment by delenn13 | January 3, 2012 | Reply

  3. Re: Idjits in Washington: They have them in Spain too…And so it begins…

    Spain passes SOPA-like law that U.S. allegedly pushed for | Politics and Law – CNET News

    Here’s a friend of mine’s take on it: Sinde Law is Spain’s SOPA | Keeping Them Honest | dotTech

    Man, we are all gonna end up in one of barbed wired camps run by the RIAA and MPAA or some other initials.


    Comment by delenn13 | January 6, 2012 | Reply

  4. Now I have 24 search engines. It never ends.

    Your privacy is important…but NOTposting dirty laundry or pics you will regret later is just as important. The Photographs of Your Junk (will be publicized!) – YouTube Possibly NSFW(Just to be safe)! But it is a must see.


    Comment by delenn13 | January 9, 2012 | Reply

  5. Just got this..thought I would share.

    The Day The LOLcats Died – #SOPA #PIPA Protest Song – YouTube Let’s make it viral…


    Comment by delenn13 | January 20, 2012 | Reply

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