Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

DuckDuckGo, the company best known for its privacy-focused search engine of the same name, is working on a desktop browser that should have the same focus on preventing your entire web experience from being tracked. In a post on his blog, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg offers a glimpse of what the upcoming browser will look like, noting that we can expect it to perform similarly to his browsing app on mobile.

Weinberg explains that the desktop browser offers “robust privacy protection” by default, without having to enable hidden security settings. Like the mobile app, the desktop equivalent will come with the same “Fire” button that instantly clears all your browsing history, saved data, and tabs with one click.

It’s also built around “OS-provided rendering engines” — as it is on mobile — which Weinberg says will create a tidier interface and get rid of all the clutter that comes with mainstream browsers. Weinberg also claims that early tests of the browser indicate it is “significantly faster” than Google Chrome.

The browser is currently in closed beta testing on macOS, but a tweet from Weinberg suggests DuckDuckGo is preparing it for Windows as well. There is no word on when the desktop browser will be available to the public.

Last month, DuckDuckGo introduced a built-in tool for its mobile browsing app that should prevent apps from tracking users on Android. And in July, the company rolled out an email security service that says it will delete all trackers associated with your emails.

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