Data privacy and online censoring are some of the most hotly debated topics at the moment. Recently the US Congress had interrogated the heads of Google (CEO: Sundar Pichai), Facebook ( Founder and CEO: Mark Zuckerberg) and Twitter (Founder and CEO: Jack Dorsey) regarding censoring non liberal political views aired on their platforms. The question of online privacy in Google had been a contentious even before. The usage of internet for most people in the world is so closely tied to Google that the word ‘searching’ has mostly been replaced by the word ‘Googling’ when it comes to using the internet. This simple fact illustrates how much a grave concern, the issue of online privacy and censoring are.
DuckDuckGo is one among the many internet browsers available currently in the market competing along side established players such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. This browser is currently available for Android, ios and Windows platforms. However, in this article we will be taking a closer look at the android app. DuckDuckGo separates itself from other browsers due to their strictly ‘no tracking’ policy as well as a clean and simple interface that is less resource intensive than chrome and firefox. The most important feature of the DuckDuckGo browser is a privacy grading tool that ranks each website by giving it grades from A to F with A being the most secure and F being the worst and hence best to avoid. The browser also has a ‘fire’ button that can delete all the open tabs and browsing data with one tap.
DuckDuckGo began as an enthusiastic start up offering an alternative to Google in February 29, 2008. The project grew with the enthusiastic help of Hacker news and reddit communities. Their first major visual overhaul happened in January 16, 2012 and they reached the milestone of one million searches by February 13, 2012. Currently, DuckDuckGo has registered more than a whopping 50 billion searches.