DuckDuckGo Private Browser

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DuckDuckGo Private Browser
EnginesBlink (Android, Windows)[1]
WebKit (iOS, macOS)[1]
Operating systemAndroid, iOS, macOS, Windows
LicenseFreeware (the underlying WebView component provided by the operating system)
Websitehttps://duckduckgo.com/app

DuckDuckGo Private Browser is a web browser created by DuckDuckGo.[2] It is a privacy-oriented browser available for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows.[3]

The core browser functionality is the WebView component provided by the operating system.[1] This means the browser engine is Blink on Android and Windows, but WebKit on iOS and macOS.

Features

  • Automatically blocks web trackers, and upgrades insecure HTTP connections to HTTPS when possible.[4][5]
  • Has a special "Duck Player" that allows users to watch
    tracking cookies.[6]

History

DuckDuckGo Private Browser was first released for

Windows was released in 2023.[1][13]

Controversies

In May 2022, it was discovered that tracking scripts by Microsoft products like Bing and LinkedIn are not blocked by the browser.[14] DuckDuckGo's founder and CEO explained it by noting that the company was "currently contractually restricted by Microsoft" due to their use of Bing as a provider of results in DuckDuckGo search. This meant the browser could not block Microsoft scripts.[15] In August 2022, however, the company announced that they would block Microsoft trackers in its browsers.[16]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Purdy, Kevin (2023-06-22). "DuckDuckGo browser beta for Windows bakes in a lot of privacy tools". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2023-06-22.
  2. ^ "Does DuckDuckGo make a browser?". duckduckgo.com. Retrieved 9 March 2024.
  3. ^ "Download the DuckDuckGo browser app". duckduckgo.com. Retrieved 9 March 2024.
  4. ^ "Your Connection is Secure with DuckDuckGo Smarter Encryption". Spread Privacy: The Official DuckDuckGo Blog. November 19, 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2023.
  5. ^ "HTTPS Everywhere Now Uses DuckDuckGo's Smarter Encryption". EFF: Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 21 August 2023.
  6. ^ Weatherbed, Jess (2022-10-18). "DuckDuckGo for Mac is now an open beta". The Verge. Retrieved 2023-08-26.
  7. ^ "Stop Trackers Dead: The Best Private Browsers for 2023". PCMAG. Retrieved 2023-08-23.
  8. ^ Weatherbed, Jess (2022-11-16). "DuckDuckGo has opened up its App Tracking Protection beta". The Verge. Retrieved 2023-01-13.
  9. ^ "Introducing DuckDuckGo App Tracking Protection for Android". Spread Privacy. 2021-11-18. Retrieved 2023-01-13.
  10. ^ "2018 in Review". DuckDuckGo. Retrieved 9 March 2024.
  11. ^ Matt Burgess (12 April 2022). "DuckDuckGo's Privacy Browser Finally Lands on Desktop". Wired. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on 12 April 2022. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  12. ^ Emma Roth (12 April 2022). "DuckDuckGo's privacy-centric browser arrives on Mac". The Verge. Archived from the original on 12 April 2022. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  13. ^ Pierce, David (2023-06-22). "DuckDuckGo's privacy-focused browser is available for Windows now". The Verge. Retrieved 2023-06-22.
  14. ^ Spadafora, Anthony (2022-05-26). "DuckDuckGo browser is not as private as you think — here's why". Tom's Guide. Retrieved 2023-08-26.
  15. ^ Claburn, Thomas (25 May 2022). "DuckDuckGo: Why our browsers won't block Microsoft trackers". The Register. Retrieved 2023-09-24.
  16. ^ Benjamin, Adam (August 24, 2023). "DuckDuckGo: What to Know About Google Search's Privacy-Focused Rival". CNET. Retrieved 2023-08-23.

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