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DuckDuckGo is now a default search engine option in Chrome

Google says its updated options are "based on popularity of search engines in different locales."

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DuckDuckGo is now one of Chrome's default search engine options. 

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DuckDuckGo is now a default search option in Google's Chrome browser. 

Google included private search engine DuckDuckGo in its updated lists of default search engines for Chrome 73, which the search giant released Tuesday. TechCrunch reported the news earlier.

"Starting Chrome M73, we have updated the list of default search engines available in Chrome settings," said a Google spokesperson in an email statement. "The new list is based on popularity of search engines in different locales, determined using publicly available data."

To change your default search engine in Chrome, go to Settings then manage search engines. DuckDuckGo now appears in the list of default search engines along with Google, Bing and Yahoo. 

DuckDuckGo has become popular among users who are concerned about privacy violations. Founded in 2008, DuckDuckGo lets users search online anonymously. The private search engine in October said it had reached 30 million searches.

"We're glad that Google has recognized the importance of offering consumers a private search option," said a DuckDuckGo spokesperson in an email statement. 

This isn't DuckDuckGo's first time being a part of other browsers. In 2017, the Brave browser added DuckDuckGo as a default search engine option for users in private tabs. Incognito, or private browsing, is meant to help hide your browsing history on your computer, but Brave Software said searches with DuckDuckGo would help keep your personal behavior details from leaking out onto websites, too. 

First published on March 13, 11: 41 a.m. PT.

Updates on March 14, 12:15 p.m. PT: Adds Brave browser in 2017 added DuckDuckGo as a default search engine option.