Duck Duck to Win is a search engine that respects your privacy by not selling your search history or crawling it on the web. It also has some nifty features, including blasts, that allow you to search other websites directly from DuckDuckGo. That’s how.
What is an explosion?
A bang, o! Bang, as it is commonly known, is a term that you can include with your DuckDuckGo search to limit your results to a particular website or service. The name comes from an old UNIX term for an exclamation point, which is used to invoke the function in searches.
For example, if you are searching the web with DuckDuckGo and want to limit your results to How-To Geek, you can include “! Howtogeek ”with your search term. Searching for “windows 10! Howtogeek” will perform a search for “windows 10” using the How-To Geek search engine.
There are explosions for all kinds of websites, from major search engines like Google (! G) to personal accounts like Gmail (! Gmail). You can ask sums or level questions in Wolfram Alpha (! Wa) or search for an iPhone application in the App Store (! Appstore). There is also a Wikipedia blast (! W).
Finding useful bangs
There are currently more 13,500 bangs that you can include in your search queries. DuckDuckGo has had to purge some entries in the past for legal reasons, particularly around the topic of hacking and finding torrent trackers.
The best way to look for a bang is to start typing an exclamation point. DuckDuckGo will open a list of suggested blasts, and the suggestions will become more relevant as you type. So if you’re wondering if a particular website has a blast, start typing an exclamation point followed by its name. If you find a website that is not listed, you can submit it for consideration.
One of the most useful uses of knocks is as a quick exit point to a major search engine like Google (! G) or Bing (! B) when the DuckDuckGo results are not as good as you’d expect. You can also use them to search for products on Amazon (! A) or eBay (! Ebay), view restaurant reviews on Yelp (! Yelp), or comb the social web via Twitter (! Twitter) or Reddit (! Reddit). .
Bangs can put your privacy at risk
DuckDuckGo is a search engine that puts privacy above all else. While Google and other search providers store your search history and credentials, track you across the web, and target you with personalized ads based on your browsing habits, DuckDuckGo does not.
But DuckDuckGo is not responsible for the behavior of third party websites. When you include a blast in your search, you are waiving DuckDuckGo’s privacy policies in favor of the website you end up on. This includes third-party trackers and data collection policies.
This includes third-party websites that use Google for their site-wide search functions, as we do here at How-To Geek. Alternatively, you can try including just the website name to avoid triggering an off-site search (for example, “windows 10 howtogeek”), which provides relevant results within the DuckDuckGo search engine.
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