The PRISM controversy has rocked a large number of people, as it presented an example of just how unprotected our data is really is. It has caused a lot of people to lose faith in many of the internet companies that we use on a daily basis, but seems to have done a lot of good for Google alternative, DuckDuckGo.
DuckDuckGo market themselves as an entirely anonymous search engine, claiming that they are the only ones that do not track or filter searches based on your past history. It was launched in 2008 by entrepreneur Gabriel Weinberg and he claims that there data is so anonymous, that it would be completely useless to the NSA!
As the PRISM scandal emerged, DuckDuckGo went from 2 million searches each day, up to 3 million in just over a week. They announced their recent growth in popularity on Twitter, stating that it took them 1445 days to get to 1 million searches, 483 days to double that and just 8 days to hit the 3 million mark!
It took 1445 days to get 1M searches, 483 days to get 2M searches, and then just 8 days to pass 3M searches: https://t.co/u4HCuL2e1W
— DuckDuckGo (@duckduckgo) June 18, 2013
DuckDuckGo have increased their media presence amid people’s privacy concerns and it seems to have worked well for them. On their website’s logo, there is a record button, which when clicked on, will transport you to the “Stop Watching Us” website. This site enables people to get in touch with their local legislators to make their opinions known about the NSA’s surveillance programs.
So what do you think? Will you make the switch from Google to DuckDuckGo in order to protect your privacy? Leave a comment and let us know.