DuckDuckGo logoWhether you’re using a PC, Mac, or smartphone, if you’re irritated by the government’s PRISM Program, check out DuckDuckGo, and its new smartphone app, DuckDuckGo Search and Stories for iPhone and Android.

As we’ve mentioned before, DuckDuckGo doesn’t collect any of your information when you search the interwebs; if the government were to demand their records, DDG doesn’t have any to turn over.

I installed the app on my iPhone 5 a week or so ago, and have tested it alongside the Google app.


The app combines a standard search field at its top with a news feed of stories from sources ranging from The Wall Street Journal, to Time, to The Onion.  You can adjust which feeds appear in Settings; more on this in a bit.


As with Google, suggested search results appear as you type:

search wordsworth

If images associated with search results are available, they’ll appear next to the link:


Clicking on the orange icon at the top LH corner of DuckDuckGo’s app brings you to a recap of your recent searches and to Settings…

home screen

As mentioned, this enables you to see your recent searches, and to adjust the settings:

settings recent searches

In Settings, you can set whether the home screen shows the news feed, or your recent or saved searches.  You can also specify your region or country in order to “boost” your search results.  Finally, you can turn Autocomplete on or off.

DuckDuckGo – whether on your home computer or smartphone – is definitely worth a look!  Thanks for reader and site contributor Michael W. for the suggestion!


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2 Comments on Search the internet anonymously with DuckDuckGo

  1. Michael W. says:

    As usual, you’ve managed to explain DuckDuckGo better than it’s own PR department. I really like their mini-RSS service – they’ve chosen an interesting way to choose articles they stream to us based on popularity in various categories. They pop up stuff I wouldn’t have found on my own ….


  2. Maggie says:

    I like this app. And I like the little news stories. Thanks for recommended!


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