When we grow up, we're gonna be THIS big!
If you're a fan of the dark theme in DuckDuckGo search ( https://duckduckgo.com/settings#theme ), you'll be excited to know that it's now enabled in our Apple Maps integration for improved map results.
Check it out here:
1 Billion! That's how many monthly searches we served in January. (Yes, that’s a record.) We're publicly loving this very private start to 2019
2018 was a breakout year for online privacy, the likes of which we haven't seen since the surveillance revelations of 2013.
In 2018, we expanded beyond search and, thanks to you , our searches leapt 63% to 31 million daily (and up 723% since 2013).
Check it out with some examples:
Search for an address:
Search for a geographical place:
Search for a type of business:
Search for places nearby:
Maybe it's time you #DeleteFacebook?
@inafried explains the disturbing where, how & why they collect your data.
This graphic novel by @PrivacyPrivee "tells the story of [siblings] who learn about the privacy risks related to social networking, mobile devices & texting, and online gaming."
A great resource to teach internet-savvy kids to protect themselves online.
At DuckDuckGo, our designers are focused on protecting your privacy with every decision.
Our Design Lead, @habber, recently advocated for your privacy to designers at Framer's Loupe conference: https://framer.com/blog/posts/loupe-2018-recap/
(Oh, and we're hiring! https://duckduckgo.com/hiring/#open )
Europeans, Your Online Choices offers a simple tool to opt-out of behavioral advertising from over 100 companies. Click your country then "Your Ad Choices."
Non-europeans, try the UK version: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices
Many people now realize their personal data is used for ad targeting, but that's only the shallow end of a deep pool of nefarious data uses.
Here is a list of 10 instances when data can be used against you, like the gig economy, politics, & social media.
Google hid major Google+ security flaw that exposed users’ personal information https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/8/17951914/google-plus-data-breach-exposed-user-profile-information-privacy-not-disclosed?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
Fascinating filter bubble visualizations of the Twittersphere.
It's "the digital equivalent of moving to an isolated...community, using [their] language/obsessions [to run] for mayor, & using that position to influence national politics."
Your email address is shared with nearly half of the apps you install, and many ask for "risky" permissions they often don't need.
@Symantec analyzed the top 100 free apps and compiled this infographic and checklist for better mobile #privacy.
Android users: French non-profit @ExodusPrivacy built a searchable database to reveal all the trackers they've found in thousands of Android apps: https://reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org
Popular app Grubhub was found to have 12 trackers & 16 permissions: https://reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/reports/15233/
In 2012 Jeremi Gosney used a machine to break every variation possible of 8-character Windows passwords (6.63 quadrillion) in 5.5 hours.
"Password security can always be broken," but @buyvpnservice explains how Password Managers can help protect yours.