THEIt’s a new browser on the market and could be set up to turn the heads of even the most staunch Google Chrome fanatic.
DuckDuckGo announced a beta version of its privacy-focused web browser for Mac on Tuesday, with a Windows version coming soon.
The US company, best known for its safe search engine, already has a mobile app with millions of downloads.
A desktop version has been in the works for months and is said to make private browsing easier than competitors like Chrome and Safari.
That means by default, third parties are blocked from tracking your browsing, shielding your search history, and more.
Other browsers offer this protection, but they need to be enabled by diving into your settings.
DuckDuckGo said in a blog entry: “Our mobile apps make privacy the standard, without complicated settings and without the need to understand the ins and outs of the technology.
“You’ve downloaded it over 150 million times since its launch in 2018, and we’ve heard your feedback that you want the same ‘private, simplified’ experience on your desktops and laptops.”
DuckDuckGo’s browser comes with built-in protections including private search, tracker blocking, website encryption, and email protection.
It also features new cookie pop-up protection and a “fire button” for one-click data wiping.
The app is designed to keep your information safe from prying eyes at a time when online data collection is happening as rampant as ever.
In addition to protecting privacy, DuckDuckGo says its browser is “really fast” and beats Chrome on some graphics performance.
And it also has a lot of handy features that you can find in other browsers, such as: B. a password manager and bookmarks.
On social media, fans urged people to switch to the privacy-focused app.
One wrote: “Keep your kids safer switch to a browser that doesn’t track your kids #duckduckgo”.
Another said: “DuckDuckGo is an excellent browser… I’ve been using it for two months now and I don’t miss Google one bit… it’s the only option we have to push back! You’re welcome switch now!”
Professor John Goodacre, leader of UKRI’s Digital Security by Design challenge and Professor of Computer Architectures at the University of Manchester, stressed that browsers with added privacy protections are now more important than ever.
He told The Sun: “Privacy is the currency that convenience and relevance are often traded for.
“The more products that can standardly and conceptually reduce the risk of cyber damage, the better it will be for everyone.”
His comments were echoed by Mike Varley, Adarma’s head of threat hunting.
He told The Sun: “While popular browsers like Google Chrome have taken steps to improve how traceable you are online, they are not designed for privacy.
“In fact, many browser operators make a significant amount of money by collecting your data, packaging it, and reselling it to others. Not even “incognito mode” offers complete protection.
“This is in stark contrast to other browsers, like the upcoming DuckDuckGo browser, which have been built from the ground up with user privacy in mind.”
Other experts urged caution before deciding to switch browsers.
Yaniv Balmas, Salt Security’s vice president of research, told The Sun, “Major browsers like Chrome, Edge and others have been around for ages – enough time to test thousands of other security features that protect against browser exploration, fraud and more more offer further aspects.
“Given that these browsers are well battle tested and that DuckDuckGo is still in beta mode and only available for Mac, this is a point to consider before switching browsers.”
To join the DuckDuckGo for Mac beta, interested users can join the private waiting list by downloading the DuckDuckGo mobile app.
Open the app and go to settingsthen open DuckDuckGo for desktop of the More from DuckDuckGo Section.
- Read the latest phone and gadget news
- Stay up to date on Apple stories
- Get the latest on Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram
The best tips and hacks for phones and gadgets
Looking for tips and hacks for your phone? Want to find these secret features in social media apps? We’ve got you covered…
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science Team? Email us at email@example.com
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/8648428/ditch-google-chrome-immediately-rival-app/ Google Chrome fans are urged to QUIT the browser when a new rival emerges