DuckDuckGo creates its own privacy-protecting web browser for Mac


DuckDuckGo, the search engine that prides itself on protecting your privacy, creates its own web browser for Mac. It promises to be quick and simple, with robust privacy features that are enabled by default.

The browser will feature DuckDuckGo’s popular “Fire Button”, which quickly erases all of your private data with just one click. It will also be designed to use native browser technologies, rather than relying on third-party engines.

DuckDuckGo plans a brand new browser

DuckDuckGo already offers a Privacy Essentials plugin for Mac, which brings a number of its best features to Safari. You can use it to encrypt your connection, block trackers, and view privacy notes for each of the websites you visit.

On iPhone and iPad, however, DuckDuckGo is available as a standalone web browser with all of these features – and more – built in and enabled by default. And soon there will be a desktop version designed for Mac.

“DuckDuckGo for desktop will redefine users’ expectations for everyday online privacy,” the company revealed in a new blog post. “No complicated settings, no misleading warnings, no ‘levels’ of privacy.”

Instead, DuckDuckGo Browser will automatically protect almost anything you do on the web through search, email, browsing, and more.

Building from scratch

And DuckDuckGo takes no shortcuts. Rather than relying on an existing browser platform, like Chromium, it’s starting from scratch. Its browser will be completely native to the Mac, using Apple’s own rendering technology.

This allows DuckDuckGo to “eliminate much of the unnecessary clutter and clutter that has built up over the years in major browsers.” It will be as streamlined and efficient as it gets on Mac, much like Safari itself.

“Compared to Chrome, the DuckDuckGo desktop application is cleaner, much more private, and early tests also found it to be much faster! “

The browser will also feature the Fire button made popular by DuckDuckGo on mobile. It’s not yet known when it will make its public debut, but we expect to hear more of it next year.

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