If you care about privacy, use this default search engine in Chrome, Safari and Firefox
DuckDuckGo can better protect your privacy and personal data while searching the web. We'll show you how to make it your default search engine.
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Although it may provide less precise search results than Google, DuckDuckGo has your privacy in mind and aims to protect your personal information. It encrypts your searches, blocks trackers from advertisements and doesn't store your search history data.
How to set DuckDuckGo as your default search engine in Safari
Open Safari, then in the top-left corner of your screen click on the bolded Safari.
Select Preferences, and then find the Search section.
UnderSearch Engine, click the drop-down and select DuckDuckGo.
If you're using an iPhone or iPad, you can also use the privacy-focused engine as your default way to search. Here's how.
Download DuckDuckGo from the App Store.
Go to your iPhone or iPad Settings, and scroll down to DuckDuckGo.
Tap Default Browser App, and select DuckDuckGo.
How to set DuckDuckGo as your default search engine in Firefox
Open Firefox, then click the magnifying glass in the address bar at the top of the browser.
Click on the gear icon in the bottom left of the drop down to go to Settings.
Select Search from the list on the left side of the window.
Scroll down to Default Search Engine.
Select DuckDuckGo from the drop-down menu.
Similar to Chrome, Firefox has an add-on for the search engine that offers additional privacy features.
DuckDuckGo isn't the only one focused on protecting your personal data. There's the Brave browser, which blocks trackers and third-party cookies that monitor your activity as you search the web. It also lets you control what is and isn't being blocked like ads, cookies or Facebook and Google login buttons. Brave has DuckDuckGo as a default search engine option, too.