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DDG actually just put up a whole bunch of billboards along US 41 here in Wisconsin over the past couple of months, kind of cool actually.
Duckduckgo's selling point is privacy but they don't necessarily deliver on that.
Many websites connected to Google slow down Firefox because they are pro-privacy. I'm not sure about Firefox-based browsers like Pale Moon and Waterfox. So if you want speed you can download Brave or Iridium or Vivaldi or one of the other ones to get a browser as fast as Chrome and Edge but with better features and a lot more privacy. Be sure to go into preferences and disable the default settings that use Google services.
If you're still using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge or Safari and services like Google.com then kill yourself.
That's a bit over the top. We should be encouraging and spreading awareness of alternative search engines and browsers that do respect privacy, not advocating for the suicide of billions of people around the world.
Google is under fire for downloading and installing a Chrome browser extension that allegedly listens to a user's conversations.
The accusations first came from Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Pirate Party, who says Google has installed black box code, or code that cannot be audited by other parties, into the open-source Chromium, the browser upon which Chrome is based. This code is said to be downloading and installing an extension that activates the "Ok Google" search function, which allows users to search for things via voice when they open Google's home page or a blank, new tab on Chrome.
"Your computer has been stealth configured to send what was being said in your room to somebody else, to a private company in another country, without your consent or knowledge, an audio transmission triggered by... an unknown and unverifiable set of conditions," says Falkvinge.
Falkvinge says the solution to stop technology companies from eavesdropping is not a software switch but a physical hardware switch that can cut the microphone off from its electrical supply. However, unless somebody gets to audit that code, we can't really know for sure if Google, or Apple listening out for "Hey Siri" and Microsoft listening out for "Hey Cortana," is actually eavesdropping in on you right now.