DuckDuckGo and Disconnect Search

By | April 5, 2014
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Muriel wants to know how Disconnect Search differs from DuckDuckGo
I’ve been successfully using http://www.duckduckgo.com for many of my searches. But often I use Google as a comparison or on the chance that it will add to my search results. Apparently, Disconnect Search will make other search engines operate like duckduckgo. Am I correct? If not, how do they differ in function?

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Hi Muriel. Disconnect Search (see our article here and in the tips section of this newsletter) creates an instant VPN connection when you search, regardless of your choice of search engine. Your true IP address is changed and all your ISP or search engine sees is the Virtual Private Network IP address. So you may appear to be from Los Angeles, when you’re really in Miami…or London or, Papeete, Tahiti (like EB). When you’re using a VPN all your ISP knows (and logs) is that you are connected to a VPN server in Miami, but — assuming the VPN server keeps no logs — the trail would end there and anything you did (searching, downloading, etc.) would be seen only by the VPN server. If that server keeps no records or logs of your access, then your privacy is pretty much assured. This will not, of course, circumvent NSA surveillance 🙂 but hopefully, none of us have to worry about the NSA. So it’s different and even more private than DuckDuckGo — although using DuckDuckGo with Disconnect Search, would be excellent 🙂

Your ISP has no business knowing what you’re doing on the Internet, any more than the gas company has any business knowing how you’re using the natural gas you buy from them…or the electric company needing to know how you use the electricity you buy from them. I really don’t think most people understand that ISPs record everything their customers do online – and how long they keep this information varies from ISP to ISP, but you can be assured it’s for a period of years. In my opinion, it’s only a matter of time before they start selling this information to advertisers and companies who want to sell us services or things. Where they sell it in the aggregate (most likely) or by customer (not likely) it’s valuable stuff and valuable stuff tends to get sold.

Those who say they have nothing to hide and don’t care what their ISP records are actually encouraging the continuing erosion of our individual rights to privacy. I am certain those who claim they’re not doing anything wrong, would not like people watching them through the windows of their homes even if they were just reading or watching TV. But I bet that the people who say they don’t care who sees what they’re doing online, have curtains or blinds on their living room windows, even though they’re doing nothing but watching TV or reading.

What about private browsing?

And a little overview about so-called private browsing. Chrome has it (Incognito), IE and Firefox has it – so why not just use private browsing instead of something like Disconnect Search or DuckDuckGo? The answer is simply this: Private browsing is only private it to you. It doesn’t store files on your computer nor keep a history. Unfortunately, to the sites you visit, to the search engines you use, and to your ISP, private browsing doesn’t mean anything. Private isn’t really private at all.

 

4 thoughts on “DuckDuckGo and Disconnect Search

  1. Muriel Schlecht

    Thanks TV for making the connection for us. I read the VPN article, then did a search and ended up reading about OpenVPN at Wikipedia. Left my eyeballs spinning and bouncing like pink pong balls in my skull. I never would have made the VPN/Disconnect Search connection on my own. Thanks for the duckduckgo clarification, too. I found both articles interesting and informative, but just couldn’t connect the dots. Thanks. I think my new cyberspace “best friend I can trust” (besides TC and EB) is Disconnect Search.

    I don’t have anything to hide either, but I don’t like “snoopers”. ISP’s take my privacy and tell me I don’t have a “right” to it. It’s kinda like living in senior citizen housing (a fishbowl) where so many sit looking out the window or sitting on the stoop taking mental notes on everything that moves. EVERYBODY knows your business…when someone visits, when they arrived, when they left, how many grocery bags you brought home, when you’re car is gone, where did you go, blah, blah..none of which they need to know. AND BEFORE somebody takes offense to the oversimplified comparison…I live in one of those senior housing facilities so I do know what I’m talking about. They do no harm in most cases, but ISP’s REALLY offend me, and will do harm to me if there’s a buck in it for them. The NSA will, too, even if they have to conjure something up about us to cover their own “butts”.

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    1. Muriel Schlecht

      Sorry for the typo. Meant TC, not TV in the first line.

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  2. Donj

    I also use duckduckgo but have installed Spotflux on my google chrome. Does spotflux, while using Chrome, offer the same protection when browsing?

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    1. infoave Post author

      Spotflux uses a VPN too, so yes, it does what Disconnect does, but I don’t think it’s as fast or as non-intrusive. But it’s the same type of thing.

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