Last Monday, privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo processed more than 100 million user searches per day for the first time in its 12-year history.
The record was set after two years of steady growth in the number of requests processed. The growth in this indicator has accelerated since August 2020, when the search engine began receiving more than 2 billion searches per month on a regular basis.
The popularity of DuckDuckGo began to grow after the search engine went beyond its own site, and its versions for mobile devices on Android and iOS were launched, as well as a special extension for Chrome. In September 2020, the company tweeted over 4 million users.
The growing popularity of the search engine is also explained by its commitment not to collect user data and to provide the same search results for everyone for a given query. As the company said last year, the lack of disaggregated data sometimes makes it difficult for it to even estimate the size of its own user base.
Due to its privacy, DuckDuckGo has been chosen as the default search engine in the Tor browser and is often used as the default in the private browsing modes of some other browsers.
A focus on privacy is increasingly becoming one of the main factors when choosing services. Telegram announced earlier this week that it had 500 million registered users, and Signal servers went down on Friday after a sudden influx of “millions and millions of new users,” which the company says has surpassed its most optimistic forecasts.
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