In case you are not aware, DuckDuckGo is an Internet Privacy company that helps you ton be in charge of the personal information you put online. In other words, it is a search engine that doesn’t search or track you. With DuckDuckGo as your search engine, you can be sure that your privacy is protected. The search engine does this by showing all users the same search results for inputted keywords, without filtering the results or personalising them based on the history of that user. It differs from other search engines in that it protects your search history at all times.
With that being said, here are some amazing features about DuckDuckGo you should know:
1) It Ensures Privacy
When you use other search engines, your keywords are monitored and saved because they need this information to personalise your future search results and provide you with what they consider relevant results. While this is a good idea, our search queries reflect very personal details about us that we might prefer to keep private. DuckDuckGo respects this and therefore, doesn’t track your searches.
2) All Search Results are on one Page
With other search engines, the results to your search queries are displayed over several pages. Even with this, most people only consider the answers on the first page. With this in mind, DuckDuckGo makes use of just one page to display all the queries of your search. That way, you don’t need to filter through many pages to get the result you want.
3)You can change search appearance
You can customise the way DuckDuckGo appears and change it to your liking. All you need is to go to the theme settings and choose from the available themes given. You can also change the style of the font, page background, size and many more. Changes made are reflected immediately and then you can save to keep them.
4) Get information with fewer clicks
When using DuckDuckGo as your search engine, you can get short answers to your queries immediately they are made. The best part is that you don’t need to click to get the information you need as it is all displayed and summarised with your search. This feature helps you to save time especially when you are in a hurry and just need a quick definition.
5) Get results of only area specific
You can find the area specific results by making changes to your settings, To do this, go to Advanced Settings> General> Region. then you can select the area that you want to limit your search results.
6) You can save your settings in the cloud
By using the Amazon S3, DuckDuckGo allows you to save your browser settings in the cloud. You’d need to save the settings and then enter a password to protect it. When this is done, you can access these settings on any computer by going to the settings menu and using the same password, then load and your saved settings would be activated.
7) Search by categories
Search results can be sorted by categories so that you save your valuable time.
8) Allows Keyboard Shortcuts
On this duckduckgo you can use keyboard shortcuts to easily navigate the search results. Some important shortcuts are given below and if you want the full details of the shortcut, click here
- ‘J’ and ‘K’ – View next and previous the results.
- Enter – open the first result (go to the highlighted result)
- Ctrl+Enter — open a result in the background window
- T — go to top
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