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In 2018, we released a browser extension (DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials) & mobile app (DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser) that offer seamless privacy protection when searching & browsing:
* Built-in tracker blocking
* Smarter encryption
* Private search

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).


All it takes is one click to protect your privacy with DuckDuckGo and get all the privacy essentials in one package:

• Private search
• Tracker blocking
• Increased encryption

Download our app/extension today: 

A valuable list from @ORCA_Alliance of "tools & techniques to protect your identity, history, & personal data online," including:

• VPNs → @expressvpn, @hidemyass, @NordVPN
• Search engine → @DuckDuckGo
• Messaging Apps → @telegram @signalapp

A great case study from @Digiday showing that companies can profit w/out hyper-targeted ads!

Ad revenue grew for @nytimes when they started using more private contextual & geographic ads, instead of behavioral targeting in Europe post-GDPR.

When you switch to DuckDuckGo, you might think, "But WADDLE I do to get totally away from Google?"

Beyond search and tracker blocking, check out our list of private alternatives worth considering for email, messaging, and more:

Post-CES, @reckless discusses the future of smart TVs w @VIZIO's Bill Baxter, who confirms they can monitor "whatever the TV sees."

If you don't know what data your TV is collecting or how it's used, now's a good time to dig through its privacy settings.

At DuckDuckGo ethical is simply... "design." It's part of our mission to set a new standard of trust online, empowering people to take control of their info.

Our Design Lead, @habber, shares design problems & explains how we solve them, ethically:

RT @nytimes
Google was fined 50 million euros by France for its data collection practices. It is the largest penalty to date under the new EU privacy law.

ICYMI Apple CEO @tim_cook’s op-ed calling for strong privacy legislation.

"[E]very user should have the chance to say, ‘Wait a minute. That’s my information that you’re selling, and I didn’t consent.’”

Surveillance tech "can cause... an insidious form of anxiety that is particularly dangerous for our health."

@KaleighRogers says "we may have invited a lot of this surveillance into our lives...but it doesn’t mean we have to continue to accept it."

There are many ways children can protect themselves from companies like Google and Facebook, which track them to target them with ads.

Here's a collection of resources from @CdnChildProtect to educate the children in your life about online privacy: 

Internet-linked microphones are privacy-flawed & can collect & use data w/out consent, says @msjpauly.

Google Home recordings "can become part of Google’s already ultra-specific profile of you as a consumer, that companies pay Google to target with ads."

RT @axios
Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling for the establishment of a clearinghouse where all data brokers must register and allow consumers to track how their data is being used.

A grim forecast for The Weather Channel app: it’s owner (IBM) is being sued by @CityAttorneyLA for allegedly tricking users into sharing their granular location info with 3rd parties.

Delete this app along with any apps you don’t regularly use.

Many people don't realize that several popular platforms they use (e.g. Waze, WhatsApp, YouTube, Instagram) are actually owned by larger companies (in these cases Facebook & Google) who use your data to target you with ads, or worse .

Spread awareness:

As always, our strict privacy policy still applies — we don't collect or send any personal data to Apple (or any third parties). The location info sent by your browser is discarded immediately after use. More details here:

We're excited to announce that maps on DuckDuckGo are now powered by Apple Maps. We are proud to be among the first global companies using MapKit JS framework, and you, dear users, get improved map results, and all still private, of course.

These actionable tips from @Techlicious focus on forming good digital habits in 2019, mostly related to & , including:

• Reconsider how (& if) you use Facebook
• Stop oversharing with Google
• Use only strong passwords

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Mirrored.Social [BETA]

This Mastodon instance is dedicated to mirroring the social media accounts of interesting/useful people and organizations from elsewhere on the Internet. At least until such time as they create their own accounts on the Mastodon network.

If you control an account that is being mirrored here and would like to make changes to how that's done (or not done), please contact Dave Wood via

Like this idea? Help support the costs and development at Patreon.

Currently in Beta status. Please let me know if you see bugs or issues.

Mirrors to Follow:

1Password [NEW]

1Password Status [NEW]

Android [NEW]

AppStore [NEW]

App Store Games [NEW]

Barack Obama

Canada [NEW]

CGP Grey [NEW]

Chris Hadfield [NEW]

CommitStrip [NEW]

Daring Fireball

#dearMoon [NEW]

Dianna Cowern

DuckDuckGo [NEW]

Elon Musk*

GitHub [NEW]

GitHub API [NEW]

GitHub Status [NEW]

Have I Been Pwned [NEW]

Internet of Shit*

iTC Status

Jony Ive Parody*

Keybase [NEW]

Let's Encrypt [NEW]

Linode [NEW]

Merge Conflict [NEW]

Marques Brownlee



nginx web server [NEW] [NEW]

Orbital ATK [NEW]

Overcast [NEW]

Realm [NEW]

Relay FM [NEW]

Ryan Reynolds* [NEW]

Edward Snowden* [NEW]


Tesla [NEW]

Tim Cook [NEW]

Visual Studio [NEW]

Visual Studio App Center [NEW]

* Posts flagged as sensitive