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DuckDuckGo saw 62% increase in average searches last year and surpassed 102 million daily queries in early 2021
DuckDuckGo is adding to the list of privacy-focused tech services to see recent substantial growth. The search engine has recorded its highest-ever daily search count after it surpassed the 100 million mark for the first time since its foundation.
DuckDuckGo browser's recent milestone suggests people do care about online privacy
DuckDuckGo told Bleeping Computer that the search engine had seen a massive increase in last year's average daily searches as its numbers grew by 62%. It was also confirmed that DuckDuckGo averaged 90 million daily searches last year.
This progress has clearly been continuing in 2021. Last week, DuckDuckGo recorded its highest-ever daily searches after the count surpassed 102 million on Jan. 11.
In the same report, DuckDuckGo revealed that it had conducted surveys to understand what convinces people to switch to their service from other search engine giants. The company reportedly found the answer to be as simple as people wanting more online privacy.
How to download and install DuckDuckGo
Google still holds a dominating lead and kept its search engine market share well above 90% in 2020, according to Oberlo. But DuckDuckGo's performance is an undeniable manifestation of people caring more about online privacy. And people who want to make the switch can do so as it is also free to download and install.
Unlike Google, DuckDuckGo does not have its own browser yet. To use its services, people will have to add DuckDuckGo as an extension or plugin to their preferred browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. It can also be assigned as the default search engine by adding its link on a browser's settings menu.