Safari OS X YosemiteSafari just got a lot more private in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The web browser on iPhone, iPad and Mac now includes the private search engine DuckDuckGo that users can set as default. For Mac users, this goes alongside an all-new private browsing option that functions like incognito mode on Chrome. DuckDuckGo is a search engine that doesn’t track you, allowing you to browse the web knowing that your privacy is intact… 

DuckDuckGo expressed its gratitude in a recent blog post:

We are thrilled to be included in Safari and it’s great that Apple is making it easy for people to access our anonymous search option,” the company wrote in a blog post. “This makes DuckDuckGo the first privacy-focused search engine to be added to one of the top four browsers and is a huge milestone for both us and privacy supporters.

That isn’t the only change that Apple has made to its search engine offerings. The company has set Bing as the default search engine in OS X Yosemite, including in Spotlight search, in what amounts to a cold shoulder against its arch-rival Google. The default search engine on iPhone and iPad is still Google, however, perhaps signalling that Apple isn’t confident enough to make the switch on mobile yet.

Apple has slowly moved away from integrating Google services as stock features on iPhone and iPad. After its licensing agreement expired with Google in mid-2012, the company removed YouTube as a stock app in iOS 6. Google later reintroduced the app on the App Store. Meanwhile, Apple ditched Google Maps on iOS 6 and turned to its own — highly criticized — in-house Maps solution.

Have you ever used DuckDuckGo?

  • Mini Apple Genius

    Nope, but I will now!

  • kespiritu

    OS X Yosemite screwed up my Bootcamp partition 🙁

    • It’s your fault for being impatient, it’s a beta after all.
      Ps. Sorry that happened.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I second this. This is exactly why I created a a second partition to dual boot Mavericks and Yosemite. It isn’t meant to be used as a main OS it’s only meant to be used on a dedicated testing machine or a secondary partition…

      • neilq5

        How much storage did you give your Yosemite partition?
        Was going to do this myself but wasn’t sure how much would be sufficient

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I gave it 33gb which is plenty for the OS, Xcode beta and some other apps…

      • kespiritu

        No I actually did put Yosemite in a separate partition.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Then how exactly did it screw up your Bootcamp partition? Unless of course you installed it onto your Bootcamp partition?

      • eXoguti093

        How do you create another partition without messing up bootcamp?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I’d assume you resize your Macintosh HD partition and then create a new partition without even touching the Bootcamp partition. Even then though Windows is renowned for not working after partitions have been resized it does it all of the time for me even when I don’t touch the Bootcamp partition and is the main reason I don’t use Windows anymore since what is the point when it’s only going to destroy itself after partition changes? I only ever used Windows for gaming anyway and most games will run fine in Parallels except for performance intensive games of course…

    • Aizei

      OS X can’t mount the drive, but i can still boot to windows, and windows sees the HFS+ partition fine

  • I thought it read duck duck goose lol

  • Anmol Malhotra

    I couldnt figure out its importance still after reading the article.. What’s actually DuckDuckGo do? Can anyone elaborate that for me?
    It will be highly appreciated. Thanks 🙂

    • mstrmac

      Try it. Its private search. Grown tremendously since the NSA fiasco last summer.

      • McBobson

        Also Google’s privacy policy change: check out these stats:

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      The significance is that they are the first privacy focused search engine to be added by default to a browser. Duck Duck Go does not track you or your searches and any data they do obtain is thouroughly anonymised…

      • Anmol Malhotra

        So they have integrated duckduckgo exactly where in Safari?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Settings –> Safari –> Search Engine

        On iOS 8 you can change the default search engine of Google to DuckDuckGo so when you search in the address bar within Safari the search will be performed by the DuckDuckGo search engine

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Ohk got it 🙂
        Will try it when Apple release it in fall.. 🙂
        Thanks bro . 🙂

  • regkilla

    DuckDuckGo is horrible.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      In what way? They certainly respect your privacy a lot more than Google, Bing and Yahoo! combined…

      • Decio Arruda

        I think combining Google’s, Bing’s and Yahoo!’s respect for privacy would actually decrease the amount of respect they have ;D
        I’m sticking with Bing though because it is what’s being used by Apple on almost every single place on iOS except for the default search engine.

      • Falk M.

        Probably in the way of a worse searching experience.
        (privacy policies aside that is)

  • jack

    nothing says they are still private. NSA could have gone to them and forced them to give out all user data just like Google, and put a gag order so DDG can’t say anything.

    • Victor de Jong

      That would be stupid. DDG doesn’t save any data. The NSA will just return with emty hands

      • jack

        DDG *says* they don’t have any data, just like all other companies denied NSA had hooks on them… stop being naive 🙂

      • Victor de Jong

        That would mean there is a global conspiracy going on and every privacy law is a lie…

  • McBobson

    WOOH DuckDuckGo! It’s so awesome I’ve been using it!

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  • SteveCodes

    I love how they say private browsing like Chrome incognito. History lesson: Chome is Apple’s open source WebKit underneath. Also, Safari introduced private browsing. Everyone copied it. Without WebKit there would be no smart phones. Period.

    • nbnbxdnb

      I think the significance of ddg is that it saves anonymous data on server data. On the other hand, Chrome Incognito, Safari Private… are no-tracking on user side.