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DuckDuckGo reaches a historic milestone in a week when both Signal and Telegram saw a huge influx of new users.

As people move on to secure messaging apps like Telegram and Signal, privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has surpassed 100 million daily search queries for the first time in its 12-year-old history.

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo reached a major milestone in its 12-year-old history this week when it recorded on Monday its first-ever day with more than 100 million user search queries.

More than 4 million users have installed its app on both Android and iOS app stores and Chrome extension, the company said in a recent tweet.

DuckDuckGo’s popularity comes after the search engine has expanded beyond its own site and now currently offers mobile apps for Android and iOS, but also a dedicated Chrome extension.

Launched in 2008, DuckDuckGo’s search engine is far behind Google but the latest controversies around user data privacy have helped it gain momentum like Telegram and Signal.

But the search engine’s rising popularity is also due to its stated goal of not collecting user data and providing the same search results to all users.

DuckDuckGo has been selected as the default search engine in the highly-secure chat platform Tor Browser and is often the default search engine in the private browsing modes of several other browsers.

As highlighted last year, this lack of granular data sometimes makes it hard for the company to even estimate the size of its own userbase.

DuckDuckGo with its average number of searches per day reaching close to 50 million, while Google processes more than 3.5 billion search queries a day.

Both spikes in new users for Signal and Telegram are a direct result of a major public relations snafu at Facebook after the company announced last week it would be blocking access to WhatsApp accounts unless users agreed to a new privacy policy that granted Facebook access to more WhatsApp user data

The DuckDuckGo browser features smarter encryption and private search — all designed to operate seamlessly together while a user searches and browses the web.

DuckDuckGo passes 100M daily search queries for the first time in 12 years
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Yesterday, on Friday, Facebook delayed the new privacy policy by three months, but by that point, the damage had been done, and hundreds of millions of users were reminded of their right to privacy, flocking to Signal and Telegram — but it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that many users were reminded to use DuckDuckGo instead of Google either.

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Priyanshu Vijayvargiya
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of 'Virtualattacks Inc' Priyanshu Vijayvargiya is a cybersecurity analyst, Information Security professional, developer, and a white hat hacker.

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