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DuckDuckGo web browser beta arrives for macOS

DuckDuckGo browser for the macOS
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DuckDuckGo, the company that puts privacy at the top of its features list, has launched a beta edition of its web browser for macOS.

The browser has been engineered with the main focus being on user privacy, including not collecting information about its users in the form of installing cookies or tracking codes. Another bonus will mean DuckDuckGo can block hidden trackers before they load.

Other key features of the DuckDuckGo macOS browser include a built-in search engine and cookie pop-up protection, which is something of a work in progress and will be enhanced as the beta work progresses. It currently works on about 50 percent of sites, according to the company.

A quick and simple Fire Button will allow users to rid their browser of data in one click while integral email protection features are part of the package too. 

In addition, there’s an integrated Smarter Encryption engine, which will enable easier access to encrypted (HTTPS) websites. Meanwhile, tracker blocking aims to limit exposure to third-party scripts that could compromise a users computer.

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DuckDuckGo for Mac and Windows

On another practical note, its creators say that DuckDuckGo will not have access to data stored on a local machine. That means in-app data including your search history, bookmarks and passwords will not be accessible to DuckDuckGo.

Plans for the macOS desktop browser edition were originally unveiled back in December last year and the software can already be downloaded for mobile devices. Apple-friendly support for Apple Maps and other enhancements have continued to make it increasingly popular with Mac users. 

The arrival of the macOS desktop beta will be boosted in due course by a Windows desktop edition of the browser. Both will follow the line taken by DuckDuckGo with its already popular mobile app editions, as highlighted in the company’s announcement.

“Our mobile apps make privacy the default, with no complicated settings, no need to understand the ins and outs of the technology, just built-in privacy protections that work, like private search, tracker blocking, website encryption (HTTPS upgrading), and email protection.”

In order to get access to the beta of DuckDuckGo for macOS you’ll need to enrol on a private waitlist for now. The company says that more people will be invited to join the journey as it processes and acts on user feedback about the browser.

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Rob Clymo has been a tech journalist for more years than he can actually remember, having started out in the wacky world of print magazines before discovering the power of the internet. Since he's been all-digital he has run the Innovation channel during a few years at Microsoft as well as turning out regular news, reviews, features and other content for the likes of TechRadar, TechRadar Pro, Tom's Guide, Fit&Well, Gizmodo, Shortlist, Automotive Interiors World, Automotive Testing Technology International, Future of Transportation and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International. In the rare moments he's not working he's usually out and about on one of numerous e-bikes in his collection.