DuckDuckGo launches Mac app in beta – TechCrunch

DuckDuckGo has launched a beta version of their browser app for Mac and is planning an imminent launch of a Windows version.

The new Mac app comes with DuckDuckGo’s search engine, a built-in password manager, tracker blocking, and Smarter Encryption, a tool that (usually) accesses the secure HTTPS version of a web page. DuckDuckGo for Mac protects against cookie pop-ups (currently on half the sites, but DuckDuckGo says this will increase in beta) and also includes email protection, an email forwarding feature that removes email trackers. emails deleted. It also allows users to view tracking attempts and delete data stored on various websites.

The company claims that by blocking trackers, the browser works quickly and minimizes data usage, and it also says it cannot access any data from the app, including passwords and browsing history, but instead stays on your device. . †

For those who want to give DuckDuckGo a test run, there is a private waitlist, which you can join via the mobile app by going to Settings, then DuckDuckGo for desktop and clicking “Join the private waitlist”. Users will receive a notification with an invite code through the app, and DuckDuckGo said it will invite people from the waiting list in batches.

The Mac app doesn’t support extensions yet, so if you’re using an ad blocker, you won’t be able to use it in this browser. DuckDuckGo comes with a tracker blocker, which blocks some ads, but not all. DuckDuckGo says it will open its Mac browser once it comes out of beta, just like it does with its mobile apps.

With the aim of simplifying online privacy, DuckDuckGo started with a secure search engine before releasing a mobile browser app in 2013, before being revamped in 2018. DuckDuckGo counts the downloads, which are now over 150 million, as of 2018. They are now bringing that browser to desktops. “Like our mobile app, DuckDuckGo for Mac is an all-in-one privacy solution for everyday browsing with no complicated settings, just a seamless private experience,” said product director Beah Burger-Lenehan in a blog post.

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