How to make DuckDuckGo the default search engine in Chromium

The folks behind DuckDuckGo have been deftly positioning the search engine as one you should be using, if you are tired or want to avoid snooping by Google and others like it. It is a message that I have bought into, and I think you will too, once you get to know how Google and other search engines track and bubble you.

If you use a Linux distribution that uses Chromium as the default Web browser, the first time you log into a new installation of that distribution, you will see this window. If you are wondering, the second entry is not on there by default: It is my own addition, just to show how I would want that window to look.
Chromium Browser Prompt

Ok, so Chromium’s developers have not recognized DuckDuckGo as a major search engine, but that should not stop you from adding it to the list of search engines in Chromium and making it your default (search engine). This brief tutorial shows you the simple steps to make it happen.

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With Chromium open, click on the wrench icon on the tool bar. It is to the far right of the address bar. Select Preferences. The Preferences window will open in a new tab. A screen shot is shown below. On the Search line, click on Manage Search Engines.
Chromium Basic Preferences

That should bring you to this window. At the bottom, under Other search engines, there are three fields that you have to complete.
Chromium Default Search Engines

To add DuckDuckGo, this is how those fields should be completed. The last field is http://duckduckgo.com/?q=%s.
Chromium Add Search Engine

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And if you want to encrypt your search, to shield your search strings from snooping by your ISP, for example, the last field should start with https://. Note: To save the entries, click outside the fields.
Chromium Adding Search Engine

Once the entry has been added, mouse over it and click on Make Default to make it the preferred search engine.
Chromium Make Default Search Engine

The entry should appear in the top part of that Window once it has been made the default. This is for the plain text search.
DuckDuckGo Default Search Engine

And this is for encrypted search.
SSL DuckDuckGo Default Search Engine

Bonus Tip: To add DuckDuckGo as a search engine option in Firefox, visit http://duckduckgo.com, then on the search field, click on the dropdown menu. You will see an entry that should say Add “DuckDuckGo.”

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  1. even if you use, https, the query string in the url that contains the search term will not be encrypted and be visible to your ISP

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