#DeepWeb Lesson Number Three: DuckDuckGo @duckduckgo @yegg @duckduckhack #agorism

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Once you’re on the Deep Web, participating in the glorious agorist future (or just doing your own thing), it’s important that you do everything you can to avoid leaving tell-tale pieces of information about yourself all over the web. What good is it to obfuscate your connection and traffic if you then tell everyone who you are while doing it?

Search engines like Google and Yahoo! and Bing will save your searches, and advertising connected to those searches will track you with cookies. This tracking can be used to build a profile of you and your habits, and whether you like it or not if you’re not on the Deep Web this profile can be matched to you with relative ease, even going so far as to figure out if a woman is pregnant before the rest of her family. It does no good to allow anyone, especially advertisers, develop this profile of you while you’re doing your best to be anonymous.

The easiest way to search for information on the Deep Web is to use the DuckDuckGo search engine, available at duckduckgo.com or ddg.gg. They have their own page describing their benefits, which include customisability, instant answers, scrolling results (and not “Next”), “bangs” (shortcuts to search other sites), prevention of filter bubbling, and most importantly, privacy. They link to donttrack.us, which explains in more detail how search engines can use your queries and advertising to keep track of you and build a profile, something DuckDuckGo doesn’t do.

The last benefit of DuckDuckGo is their DuckDuckHack, which is the ability for people around the world to contribute to the search engine. They use the open source model of accepting contributions from those who wish to help.

Just in researching this post I learned a few things that I didn’t know before – I assumed that DDG was just a privacy search engine – but there’s a lot more! I suggest you give them a try, and they should be your ONLY search engine while on the Deep Web.

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