DuckDuckGo launches privacy-focused desktop web browser for Mac
Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo today launched a beta web browser for Mac users.
DuckDuckGo announced that it is developing a fast and private desktop browser in December 2021. It is designed from the ground up to respect your privacy without any complicated settings to navigate. Mac owners can now experience what it looks like with the beta version of DuckDuckGo for Mac(Opens in a new window).
The new browser promises to offer DuckDuckGo’s built-in search engine, cookie pop-up protection, email protection and a “fire button” for one-click data wipe as features standard available after installation. The browser also uses the company’s smarter protection(Opens in a new window) system, meaning you’ll visit encrypted (HTTPS) versions of default websites more often (over 80% of clicks will use encrypted connections based on mobile app performance).
The browsing experience should be fast, with DuckDuckGo claiming it’s “already faster than Chrome” on some graphics performance benchmarks, while also using around 60% less data simply because it automatically blocks many trackers. It doesn’t skimp on expected features either, offering bookmarks, tab management, a password manager, and additional privacy features if you want to fine-tune the protection.
If Windows users are reading this with envy, don’t worry, DuckDuckGo browser for Windows is coming soon.
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Mac users who want to try this browser must join a private waitlist, which requires downloading the DuckDuckGo mobile app(Opens in a new window). Once installed, open Settings > DuckDuckGo for Desktop which can be found in the Privacy section, then click on “Join the private waiting list”. The app will show a notification when your invite code is available.
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