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I have DuckDuckGo set as my default search engine in Safari (I also use STARTpage occasionally) in trying to avoid Google’s snooping. My question is, if I just open Safari and type the URL directly into the Safari box, do they use Google, Duck, or what to take me there?

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So, if I type the URL directly into any browser, there is no search engine record (such as with Google and Yahoo) of where I go?

Neither Google nor Yahoo will have an inkling. You can also use Private browsing.


Browse in private in Safari on Mac - Apple Support

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Feb 26, 2018 3:59 PM in response to Stuart423 In response to Stuart423

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Safari is a browser, just like Google, Firefox, DuckDuckGo, etc. Safari takes you there.

Not quite. Safari is a browser. Chrome is a browser. Firefox is a browser. Opera is a browser. DuckDuckGo is a search engine. Google is a search engine. Bing is a search engine.


Browsers don't track where you go. Search engines (except for DuckDuckGo) DO track where you go.


However, (almost) all browsers tell any websites that you visit a lot of information about you, such as your IP address, the type of browser, what extensions you use, etc. And knowing your IP address the site knows roughly where you are located. If you don't what this information tracked you need to use the TOR network and TOR browser: https://www.torproject.org/about/overview

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Feb 26, 2018 12:25 PM in response to Stuart423 In response to Stuart423

So, if I type the URL directly into any browser, there is no search engine record (such as with Google and Yahoo) of where I go? NOTE: I’m not doing anything nefarious, just trying to avoid as much Google-Big Brother-tracking as possible. I understand that this sort of tracking sics advertisers and solicitors on me.


Thanks for the info!

Feb 26, 2018 12:25 PM

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Feb 26, 2018 4:01 PM in response to Bobby Collins In response to Bobby Collins

Bobby Collins wrote:


So, if I type the URL directly into any browser, there is no search engine record (such as with Google and Yahoo) of where I go?

Neither Google nor Yahoo will have an inkling. You can also use Private browsing.


Browse in private in Safari on Mac - Apple Support

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Feb 26, 2018 3:59 PM in response to Stuart423 In response to Stuart423

Stuart423 wrote:


Safari is a browser, just like Google, Firefox, DuckDuckGo, etc. Safari takes you there.

Not quite. Safari is a browser. Chrome is a browser. Firefox is a browser. Opera is a browser. DuckDuckGo is a search engine. Google is a search engine. Bing is a search engine.


Browsers don't track where you go. Search engines (except for DuckDuckGo) DO track where you go.


However, (almost) all browsers tell any websites that you visit a lot of information about you, such as your IP address, the type of browser, what extensions you use, etc. And knowing your IP address the site knows roughly where you are located. If you don't what this information tracked you need to use the TOR network and TOR browser: https://www.torproject.org/about/overview

Feb 26, 2018 3:59 PM

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Feb 26, 2018 2:06 PM in response to Lawrence Finch In response to Lawrence Finch

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However, (almost) all browsers tell any websites that you visit a lot of information about you, such as your IP address, the type of browser, what extensions you use, etc. And knowing your IP address the site knows roughly where you are located. If you don't what this information tracked you need to use the TOR network and TOR browser: https://www.torproject.org/about/overview

Very helpful!

Feb 26, 2018 2:06 PM

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