While Google is the biggest search by far, many who are leery about Google scooping up so much information about our web activity have transitioned to using the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo. But until this week, DuckDuckGo users could only access the search engine by via the URL duckduckgo.com. That’s because previous, the simpler domain duck.com was owned by Google and routed to Google’s home page.

The duck.com domain had long been a source of frustration for DuckDuckGo-but not anymore. Google has now transferred ownership of duck.com to DuckDuckGo.Now if a user wants to access DuckDuckGo’s home page, they simply need to type in the duck.com URL in their browser. In a statement, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg said:

We’re pleased Google has chosen to transfer ownership of Duck.com to DuckDuckGo. Having Duck.com will make it easier for people to use DuckDuckGo.

Google had owned the duck.com domain name since 2010 when it acquired On2, a video codec company previously known as The Duck Corporation.

DuckDuckGo is ALL about privacy. It doesn’t do personalized results nor does it store your IP address, user logs, cookies or anything else that could be used to track you online. It’s certainly different to how Google does things. 

Why to use DuckDuckGo? Simple: If you don’t like anything that Google does regarding your data; it’s kind of scary just how much information Google has on its users. 

DuckDuckGo Privacy Settings

 “By default, DuckDuckGo does not collect or share personal information. That is our privacy policy in a nutshell,” duck.com founder. 

It is impressive, that is easily one of the best privacy policies from a search engine company that has even been. Like everything else to do with DuckDuckGo, it’s simple and to the point.

DuckDuckGo How Does It Work?

DuckDuckGo pulls information from over 400 sources to generate its search results. These sources include: Yahoo! Search BOSS, Wikipedia, Wolfram Alpha, Bing, and its own Web crawler (the DuckDuckBot).

The search allows to find for new sites and sources to read, as how sites are ranked is slightly different from Google.

It’s fast, secure, and private – what more could you want from a web browser on your device!