Secure searching with DuckDuckGo!

Many search engines, including Google, track and record searches, including search terms used and the location and IP address from which the search originates.  Potentially, it would be possible to identify an individual from such information.  The data is used, supposedly, to assist in monitoring search quality and, also, to provide a profile of recent searches so that targeted advertising information can be displayed on subsequent search pages.  This approach, benign though it is claimed to be, is disturbing, to say the least, and could constitute a serious security risk to a company that is searching for strategically-important information.

So, if you are not happy to be monitored, try a new search engine, DuckDuckGo.  The site provides a comprehensive list of special features and searches offered by the engine and also explains its privacy policy.  Searches are quick and the results exclude “scraper” sites and those offering advertising of dubious relevance to the search being conducted.  The usual range of search features are available, including phrase searching and the so-called !bang syntax, which allows one to force the engine to conduct a search on a particular site for a specific type of medium — !i “Knowledge Leadership Associates” will, for example, find  images on the KLA website through an interface with the Google search engine.

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