Sometimes when I type things into the search bar in the “start menu” in KDE Plasma, an item pops up slightly after the others with a “suggestion”. This makes me paranoid. Please tell me that it isn’t keylogging what I type or paste in there and sending it over the network for “suggestions” to be returned?
Sorry if this is offensive, but I’ve been forced to become very cynical even among open source/free software as privacy has become so universally eroded.
Hopefully it’s only lagged because it has to look all over the local system before showing “suggestions” which are entirely locally stored?
I also remember some scandal about Ubuntu doing something just like this 10 years ago or more. Any local search you made would send it over the network… (One of several reasons I’ve refused to use Ubuntu since, and for a long time made me internally label Linux in general as “just as bad as Windows” because of this, and further held me back from switching over.)
Also, if it cannot find anything at all, it shows a “Search Duck Duck Go for blablablabla” link. Can this be turned off? I never want to accidentally click that and thus send whatever I had typed or pasted into the local search field over the network.