Last week I read an article that said Apple’s customers should switch from Google– the default search engine in Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac– and use DuckDuckGo instead. Why this search engine and not Yahoo! or Bing?
It is an independent search engine designed from the ground up to maintain your privacy.
It means the search service doesn’t collect information about you, doesn’t gather your search queries, and doesn’t install cookies or tracking code on your systems.
Fair enough. Privacy is important to me and I’ve grown concerned about how much information about me is collected by Google, Facebook, Amazon, et al, and what they do with that data.
That DuckDuckGo does not collect and use such information seems good on the surface, but I use a search engine to find information. Why switch?
How and why Apple users should switch to DuckDuckGo for search
The how is easy. It’s a simple setting in Safari; iPhone, iPad, or Mac. The why seems simple enough, too. Google gathers too much information about our online habits and uses that information against us– persuasion to buy more products, manipulation to change our thinking, political views, and aspirations.
I get it. DuckDuckGo is an alternative search engine that does not gather information about users, and now uses Apple Maps.
The problem that Evans does not address is the most serious issue about using a search engine in the first place.
There’s even a Dark Mode that is enabled when you switch to DuckDuckGo’s dark theme – when you switch, you’ll see the embedded Apple Maps also do so.
No, that’s not it. Dark Mode is not important. Search engine results are important and that’s where DuckDuckGo fails. Google search results often are better. Far better.
See the conundrum? We want privacy but we want good search results. Is there a way to satisfy both?
You can’t beat Google when it comes to online search. So we’re paying them to use their brilliant search results in order to remove all trackers and logs. The result: The world’s best and most private search engine. Only now you can search without ads following you around, recommending products you’ve already bought. And no more data mining by companies with dubious intentions. We want you to dance like nobody’s watching and search like nobody’s watching.
The best of both worlds. Privacy for searches. Google for searches. One click.
It takes a few hoops to get StartPage as the default search engine into Safari but it isn’t that many extra steps. Apple doesn’t want you to use StartPage because Apple gets billions of dollars a year– pure profit– from Google by making it the default on Safari.
StartPage is one of those little known gems that can give you the best of two worlds.