An example of DuckDuckGo for Mac’s tracker blocker in action
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DuckDuckGo, best known for its privacy-focused search engine, is bringing its equally privacy-focused web browser to desktops for the first time, starting with Macs.
The company teased its desktop browser plans late last year, but this is the first time the company’s been able to get its hands on any version of the promised software.
Like the company’s iOS and Android browsers, DuckDuckGo for Mac was built, from the ground up, to prioritize the user’s privacy at all times. This added security is powered by features like built-in access to the private DuckDuckGo search engine, pop-up cookie protection, a one-click option for clearing all browsing data, email protection, and automatically defaulting to the encrypted (HTTPS) version of all sites, and more.
The new browser apparently uses macOS’ built-in website rendering engine (the same one used by Safari, DuckDuckGo noted) to provide fast load times. The company claims that these expedited loads are made even quicker by its default blocking of all ad trackers.
DuckDuckGo for Mac is launching as a private beta, with its maker noting that some features are not yet