DuckDuckGo’s privacy-focused desktop browser is in closed beta

In context: When a company offers you a free product, especially a useful or high-quality one, You they are often the product in some way. Whether your data is sold, shared with third parties, or simply used to improve the service as a whole (and perhaps attract paying users), little is offered for free. DucKDuckGo is a rare exception: it is a search engine that puts your privacy at the forefront and costs absolutely nothing to use.

Of course, the quality of the search results isn’t as good as Google’s, but the lack of tracking is a fair trade-off in the eyes of the many DuckDuckGo users. Now, the creators of DuckDuckGo are working on a browser that will follow the same principles. Well technically it has already done like this: DuckDuckGo browser has been available on mobile devices for quite some time.

However, the desktop version is now on closed beta. In particular, it is not a fork of Chromium or any other browser platform. DuckDuckGo is building your application from scratch, using “rendering engines provided by the operating system.” This allows the browser to run faster and smoother than the competition, eliminating much of the “unnecessary clutter and clutter” they often have.

The interface also emphasizes clean and simple design elements, and has the same “Fire Button” as its mobile counterpart. This button immediately removes cookies, browsing history and other accumulated data from the site; except for sites you have chosen “fireproof” (in case you need to stay connected to, for example, your email account). The browser’s built-in privacy features include a tracker blocker, enforced HTTPS encryption, and anti-email tracking, among others.

It’s unclear when the DuckDuckGo desktop app will be available to everyone, but the first tests seem to be going well, so hopefully it will launch sooner rather than later.

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