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a reply to a comment on the General Rambling your opinion of "Blur" and "PrivDog" 3 years and 1 month ago
It's a proprietary browser based on Chromium. That means it's probably going to be similar to Chrome, but with some additional features.

So no, I don't think it's a good alternative. At least if your primary concern is privacy. Perhaps you can have a look at QupZilla? Despite it's name, it is NOT based on Mozilla Firefox. It uses WebKit, so it's actually closer to Chromium. I don't think it offers a lot of pro-privacy features, but it's probably more private than Chrome & co.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling your opinion of "Blur" and "PrivDog" 3 years and 1 month ago
It does make it bad. Proprietary software raises issues such as inability to verify the code, great limits on user's control over the program, building a non-free software dependency net and a vendor lock-in, among the others. Of course, not all proprietary software creates these issues, but it very well just could, which is the problem here.

I am indeed aware that DDG has proprietary components. And I do think that it's bad and it should be completely liberated. But my opinion is that everyone should use free software whenever it's possible and not too inconvenient for them. Very loose example:
A person who uses Skype to talk to her grandmother because it's the only way to contact her and they are not tech-savvy to set up something libre is okay. Sure it's bad, but you can't blame someone for choosing family over software purity.
On the other hand, a group of tech-savvy developers who use Skype for text chat, while they could easily use XMPP or something, should use XMPP or something, because it's a small feat and not a sacrifice for them.

I found other engines I tried to be quite subpar in quality. That means they are not very usable. However, I need to use search engines often. So out of the available options for me, DuckDuckGo is the best, because it's at least partly libre, it at least claims to protect my privacy and it has got a duck. (I like ducks.)

You may think that freedom is not the only thing that matters, and I agree with that! Software has many important factors, aside of freedom. Freedom is definitely the only thing we should look at when looking at software, but it is something we should always consider.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling your opinion of "Blur" and "PrivDog" 3 years and 1 month ago
I'd advise against using Ghostery. As far as I know, Ghostery is non-libre software.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling your opinion of "Blur" and "PrivDog" 3 years and 1 month ago
Google Chrome is freeware, not free softfware. It can be used for free, but it does not respect your freedom and is NOT open source, either.

Chrome is mostly based on a project called "Chromium". Chromium is libre software, but Chrome is not.

SRWare Iron is a browser based on Chromium, claiming to fix the privacy and security issues. In reality, however, SRWare Iron is non-libre software. That means it can't be trusted, AND, in my personal opinion, it is also suspicious.
(If you take a free and open code and remove privacy-violating parts of it, why would you keep the code from public?)

Finally, it doesn't really matter what the software is based on. What matters is if it's libre (free as in freedom) and if you trust it.

Oh and by the way, "open source" does not mean anyone can download and modify the code (legally). Here's an article on the difference between "free" and "open source".
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling your opinion of "Blur" and "PrivDog" 3 years and 1 month ago
Neither can be trusted, nor is it a good practice to use them. That is simply because neither of them is free software. Basically, it means that the code cannot be studied, so they cannot be trusted, and they restrict the user's freedom, so they are not very ethical, either.

First of all, let me say that Chrome is also non-free software, and it is known to spy on it's users (Which is not surprising, seeing as it belongs to Google). The only popular free browser is Mozilla Firefox, so you might want to use that. If not, you can try others, like Midori. And, of course, for about the best privacy you can get, use Tor Browser. But Firefox with some add-ons should do for ordinary browsing.

If you need a password manager, you can try KeePass.

If you want to browse safely, you should check out Disconnect, Privacy Badger, HTTPS Everywhere and uBlock.

I got the info about add-ons from Prism Break. It's a website listing many good alternatives to non-free and dangerous software. It's not perfect, but you can find some nice things there.

I hope my comment was able to help you.
Stay free, stay safe.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling When will duckduckgo make an email service and a separate browser other than chrome, mozilla and i.e.? 3 years and 2 months ago
No, it's not. As far as I know, Google Chrome automatically sends your data to Google, including anything you type in the address bar, even if you don't search for it (That's how you get suggestions from Google).

The main issue with Chrome is that Chrome is proprietary software, so it's bad software in general, and absolutely NOT trust-worthy, privacy-wise.
a reply to a comment on the General Rambling DuckDuckGo Social Network for family and friends 3 years and 3 months ago
I would like to disagree with you. As far as I know, Ello is not free software, nor transparent. So it's up to you if you decide to trust them or not, but I don't see a reason to do so.

Personally, I would recommend taking a look at 'diaspora*'. It is a free and decentralized social network. It's not as popular or hyped as Ello, but it's approach works much better for privacy and security.
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