What is your opinion of Duck Duck Go's Browser?

I would love to see it for the PC platform.

isn’t that just chromium which means essentially, chrome and google? almost all web browsers these days run on chromium which means they are all the same apart from some small feature set. This means we are entering the InternetExplorer 2.0 era where single company can enforce new 'standards which we already see. Some websites do not render properly on anything other then chrome based browsers.


I use the ancient Windows 7. And a slow machine.
Duck Search works pretty well. Several months ago when I encountered Disroot I switched to Searx. Without wanting to offend sensibilities, I’ve switched back to Duck.
When I returned, they seemed to have broadened their search base.
when I used Searx, I often found results limited, and/or somewhat irrelevant.
I’m not a developer. I’m testing the waters. I find it necessary to believe what they say about privacy.

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Where did you read that? I didn’t find this mentioned anywhere on the web. I guess it was written from scratch.

I am too in tryouts with Searx. Thinking it’s using multiple engines to search,i believed that the would be much more results but I’m not too satisfied. I’ll probably go back to using DDG.

It was my assumption hence the question nature of my statement, i would assume it is since writting your own engine from scratch is quite something and would mean yet another player.

As I checked in source code it uses the chromium webview already installed on your device. Also there are some issues referencing it (for example webrtc ip leak issue).

DDG Browser uses WebView or Chrome View (on Android 7-9, proprietary firmware) to display web pages.
Here about it :
WebView – Stoutner

Security risks for using WebView (IOS,Android) - Stack Overflow

Android WebView: Secure Coding Practices - DZone Security

I use mostly duckduckgo but more and more gigablast.com Gigablast is an open source search engine with very good results. I like also the searching in categories there.
In my opinion it is not enough to use the go… results with no tracking, we need to break the power the of the Go… algorithm.

Duckduckgo uses Amazon.com servers for hosting.

Believing that all corporates like Apple Google Mozilla put ddg search engine as choice in web browser setting, that is supposed to be privacy oriented is just to good to be true and not happening in this world.
This is enough reason to believe that DDG uses Amazon.com servers for hosting. No way that some random company that claims they don’t track you is included in apple phones, web browsers by mozilla r google.

And search results re very similar to googles… Ads first.
But it can do with java script disabled then its not so bad

Search Engines suck anyway. Life is better and easier without that kind of obtaining info. Its better to try memorize some websites, visit them on regular period. Thats my aim… Id love to be search engine free guy but its hard…
But i been youtube free for 3 years, so it is possible :slight_smile:

Chromium is a webbrowser API, developed by Google, tot make integration of Google on the Android platform easier. Although Chromium isn’t actually true open source software, the API is actually bases on other open source browsers. In essens Chromium is a hodgepot of the best characteristics of several other browsers. The Chrome browser is is the Chromium API combines with Google propriatary code, which is ‘free’ of charge tot use (although you pay with all tour personalia data). Best choice for privacy remains Mozilla Firefox (which forms the actual platform on which the ddg browser is build.).

It’s better than Google.

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how its can be better? if its controlled by m0s$4d, as i heard. well, if they are your friends, then yes. but for me they all is just manipulators and shepherds. so be careful, friends.

This isn’t just personal preference talking, everyone should avoid DDG like the plague for many reasons… too many to list, so here’s an article at TechRights to do the job for me, or more accurately, for you.

I avoided it for a long time due to preference of startpage, but ever since they were sold out to a data-mining/marketing corp. together with waterfox, it is going downhill.

Imagine how secure, anonymous, and safe there engine is, if you use a different clone than waterfox to access the engine through a private page, it denies service. If you log into some large popular server with that same private window and return to startpage, it lets you search.

The results are by google just proxied through them. They may be true to their commitment to protect your identity from google, but they want your identity for themselves. Their first results are always paying customers of startpage, their content may be unrelated to your search.

If someone else made the same promises as ddg or sp made years ago, it is probably another small venture trying to be sold for marketing reasons to a bigger fish. So they accumulate users by promising security and anonymity just so they can sell you out when their popularity rises.

Might as well use evil google and a good adblocker

I don’t trust them, but if what they say about the privacy they offer is true then at least it’s an attractive option for the masses to get some more privacy. I don’t trust them due to the CEO’s previous controversies.

I know this post was from 2019, but I wanted to let everyone know reading this that they are creating a desktop browser now. On Windows and MacOS it will use the default webview of each respective OS. They haven’t made any statement on what a potential Linux version would use.

I have it installed, but I haven’t tried it too many times. I use Firefox as my main browser, but over time I’ve found myself use Firefox Focus more and more - for all “nonsense browsing” I don’t want to clutter up my history, etc.It resets/cleans up on each restart.

I haven’t used Firefox Focus in a while, they tend to not really care about updating Focus much. Not necessarily a bad thing, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. They do have a tendency to hold Focus as more of an afterthought though. While I don’t necessarily trust DDG fully (since their claims of privacy haven’t really been proven yet), they have a much higher focus on the DDG browser than Mozilla has on the Focus browser.

More and more commercial websites now deny total service if you don’t have original Mozilla Firefox updated or Google’s official chrome of the latest version. This is like a blackmail becoming popular, either they can get your data and browsing habbits, history, cookies, etc. or you don’t get access.

The way around this is not very simple, and much easier and safer if you are running linux/BSD/unix . You create containers of blank accounts, isolated from your home, and each time you run firefox as it is a first time, to reach one website, then on exit you wipe it out, and redo this for every website. You get what you want they get nothing and they can’t deny service to a first time user reaching their site as the first site visited.

Containers, firejail, … vm’s, all better than nothing. You can easily create a script which creates a new user, no admin/root privileges, run as user in firejail firefox pointing to the specific website, when you close the window, the user is wiped out.
So this becomes something like ff https://www… and does this whole routine. You can even make the script more complicated where add ons like NoScript UblockOrigin, etc. are installed everytime this new ff runs by having the addons saved in a user accessible location. If you read a browser’s doc/help/man page, it contains terminal flags where addons can be added before it starts.

Alternatively you can start it once without visiting a single site, add the add-ons you like, exit, save the profile and paste it into the container/user account each time it starts. This way you have your preferred setup ready to go without any “private” data stored anywhere to be shared with sites.

I like librewolf lately, if I can’t read a site with librewolf and Ublock NoScript it doesn’t need to be visited. Unfortunately there are a couple of exceptions where I do have to sacrifice something to get to what I want.

it is becoming a tougher and tougher act to follow.

For the tor-project to be so in love with vanilla mozilla there is something seriously wrong with that project and I would think 3times before it can be trusted. Good things these days are barely surviving and are undergoing pressure to cease. It is a good indication for me to avoid those that are springing up more and more development and expansion. Remember protonmail? Haaah!!!

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Yep, the bad-guys are winning, corporate rentier neofeudal surveillance capitalism. The world’s finished. :slightly_frowning_face:

Thanks for the headsup on “firejail,” looks an interesting concept.