I guess it works but #1. It's a search engine with the same results as Google, which is cool but it lacks one of the few filtering tools I use: Filter by the past year. You can only do the past month, which removes abou 75% of the results I'm trying to get to. Google seems to give the same results but it let's me see that full year and get the pages I want.
#2. Any search engine that insists it's all about NOT tracking and privacy requiring an extension just makes me feel a LITTLE suspicious about how safe and private it actually is. I'm going to have to use WireShark to see what it's actually doing as I run searches before I feel that it's totally safe.
I mean, come on, Ghostery is an ad blocker owned by an ad company and Web of Trust got caught secretly selling user data. It's not like everyone who creates privacy related internet utilities is out to help people or be honest. However I have not tested that theory yet so it's still simply a theory. I'll report back when I track it's internet activity, especially upon initiating a search, and I have read the extension's source code.. and, no, I'm not joking. I did the same with all my extensions, which is why there was some kind of site where you could look up extensions privacy and security ratings.
Initial thoughts on their bragging points:
#1. Escape Advertising Tracker Networks — Firefox already has a powerful anti-tracking feature built in plus container tabs disrupt tracking significantly as well. My privacy/security arsenal makes this irrelevant multiple times over.
#2. Increase Encryption Protection — HTTPS Everywhere AND ScriptSafe both already do this for me, so for me this is of no significance whatsoever. My firewall also does this so I don't need a fourth thing doing one easy to do job. And my DNS requests are already TLS encrypted so even my ISP has no idea where I go, thanks to Linux being so useful and easy to use. So irrevlevant that it hurts.
#3. Search Privately — I don't need the extesion for this part, right? Isn't that the whole point of the entire website in the first place? Is this all they have to brag about? I have many privacy based searches engines in my Firefo default search engines with much better results. I honestly hate the results of any search on DuckDuckGo. Also, doesn't work at all for porn even with filters compltely disabled while Google or StartPage can be a porn paradise if you choose the same unfiltered settings. Surprise! Men like porn!
#4. Decode Privacy Policies — Undetermined at this time. Let's find out, allthough I really prefer StartPage.com when it comes to non tracking, privacy based search engines. Way better results page. By far with all the search related tools that you get from Google but without Google tracking.
So far I'm finding this about as useful as a Do Not Track request. Because they're both bragged about features that do almost nothing at all because every site ever made ignores the Do Not Track setting. I should know afer doing the job for 22+ years. Guess what? Us web devs DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR DNT. WE DON'T EVEN CHECK IT. EVER.
NOTE: Why does DuckDuckGo Put all these cookies on my machine and StartPage doesn't put any on my machine yet I get the same experience from both but not only more results but much BETTER and more RELEVANT results from StartPage?
I'd also really like to know what these large encrypted chunks of data in my search URLs are even when I search for one short word and the encypted data is a lot more data than that by a factor of about 50.