DuckDuckGo is a popular search engine that is a prominent alternative to the Google search engine. It’s main focus is towards protecting the users privacy and security and it has a lot of features to support that. With DuckDuckGo, users won’t get region-specific results but will get results that aren’t based on where you’re from.
As a popular search engine, DuckDuckGo has a lot of valuable keyword data that SEO professionals or digital marketers would find extremely useful. Manually extracting that data though would take a lot of time and effort that you may not have. If you want to gather that data quickly and efficiently, then you need to utilize a web scraping tool and a DuckDuckGo proxy.
A web scraper would enable you to extract data faster than any human could and a proxy would prevent DuckDuckGo from banning your IP address as DuckDuckGo has strict restrictions against the use of bots. A proxy lets you scrape DuckDuckGo as much as you want.
Let’s set up a DuckDuckGo proxy server.
To set up proxies in Windows, simply search for “Proxy Settings” in your windows search bar and open the search result.
You are then given two options to choose from: Automatic proxy setup or Manual proxy setup. If you want windows to automatically detect your proxy settings, choose the first option. Choose the second option if you want to utilize a specific ip address and port number.
If you chose the first option, then:
- Turn on Automatically detect Settings
- Turn on Use setup script
- Enter the script address
- Click Save
If you chose the second option, then:
- Turn on Use a proxy server
- Input both server address and port number
- If you have any addresses you would like to visit without a proxy, enter them here
- Turn on Don’t use the proxy server for local addresses check box if you want to access a local server without a proxy
- Click Save
Image Alt Text: Windows Automatic Proxy Setup
To start configuring your proxy settings in MacOS, simply:
Step 1. Click on the Apple Icon.
Step 2. On the drop down menu, click on “System Preferences”.
Step 3. Click on “Network”
Step 4. Click on “Advanced”
Note: Make sure to connect to your wi-fi first.
Step 5. Click on “Proxies”
This should then redirect you to MacOS proxy settings. MacOS is more straightforward compared to windows. You only have one option which is to manually configure your proxy server.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Select which proxy IP protocol you want to configure. This depends on which protocols your proxy service provider offers.
- Turn on Secure Web Proxy
- Input the Proxy Server Address and Port Number
- Click OK to save the configurations
Note: You may be prompted for your Mac user password to save your settings.
Image Alt Text: Configuring MacOS Proxy Settings
Congratulations! You have now finished configuring a DuckDuckGo proxy server.