DuckDuckGo Privacy App & Extension

Privacy, simplified. Available on all major platforms.

Privacy-FocusedGolden Kitty 2018
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DuckDuckGo’s fully revamped browser extension and mobile app now offers built-in tracker network blocking, smarter encryption, and private search in one package – all designed to operate seamlessly as you search and browse the web. The updated app and extension are available across all major platforms – Firefox, Safari, Chrome, iOS, and Android.

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Thanks for the hunt, @rrhoover! Over the years, DuckDuckGo has offered millions of people a private alternative to Google, serving over 16 billion anonymous searches. Today we're excited to launch this fully revamped version of our browser extension and mobile app, extending DuckDuckGo's protection beyond the search box to wherever the Internet takes you. It's now available across all major platforms so that you can easily get the privacy essentials you need on any device with just one download, including tracker network blocking, smarter encryption, and private search. DuckDuckGo will also now show you a Privacy Grade rating (A-F) when you visit a website. This rating lets you see at a glance how protected you are, dig into the details to see who we caught trying to track you, and learn how we enhanced the underlying website's privacy measures. For everyone who doesn't like the feeling of being watched, or doesn't like the idea of companies making money off your personal information, this product should be for you. Give it a try and let us know what you think - your feedback goes a long way toward making our products better, and achieving our mission of raising the standard of trust online!
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@rrhoover @yegg Can you tell me the benefits of using this over simply using uBlock Origin and Privacy Badger? I've found myself using DDG more and more lately, but am struggling to see what benefits I would get out of this.
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@rrhoover @richjdsmith We're trying to put all the privacy essentials we can make seamless -- tracker blocking, upgraded encryption, private search and more to come -- all in one package, across all major browsers and platforms. In this respect, on any major mobile device or desktop browser, you should be able to look up DuckDuckGo and with one download get seamless privacy protection as you search and browse the web. While there are many great privacy solutions out there, they all lack one of these pieces, i.e. don't include all essentials (e.g. no encryption, private search), not available on all platforms, or not entirely seamless (e.g. break the web). With regards to tracker blocking in particular, there are more nuanced UX differences. In the UI we're trying to move away from 'x trackers blocked' and instead group trackers from networks together, trying to identify the umbrella company and purposes. Second, we're grading each site based on its privacy measures (including privacy policies with help from TOSDR), and telling you at a glance how protected you are on an A-F scale, based on what we could do (e.g. block trackers and upgrade encryption).
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@rrhoover @yegg Awesome! Thank you for the response and for everything you're doing with DDG!
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I love DuckDuckGo. Have been using it for a few years and this is the first time I've heard about the app. Can't wait to download it later today!
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Update: the app is 🔥🔥🔥 so far. I only wish I can open new tabs, but I'm loving the app too much to care. Thanks for making an incredible product @yegg!
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@lamaalrajih thanks! That’s already available on iOS will be soon on Android.
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@yegg awesome! Will keep an eye out for the update 👀

DuckDuckGo continues to make strides in the privacy space. They do a phenomenal job of educating users as well through their nurture tracks in regard to tangential best privacy practices such as VPNs and passwords.

Pros:

Simple, easy to use, no friction in setting up, less cluttered results page.

Cons:

Search algorithm is still catching up to Google.

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One of the best search engine out there. Great job! Keep up the good work and thank you!
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I recently moved to DDG as my everyday search engine, as a dev I feel more happy in using that with good macro, widget. It only lacks for fresh news for my country, but it only meant to catch the right sources. I like the app, pretty easy to use, the only big lack is the missing continuity sync between desktop and mobile, a feature that I love on Safari. But this makes necessary to add a kind of sync using an user account (dunno if it is in scope as a feature). Ps. Is this widget available for desktop safari too? I use that on Firefox, but on safari seems more like a common search bar
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@ghego20 that's right, we don't have user accounts though duly noted. As for widget, what do you mean exactly? The same toolbar icon should be present on the desktop Safari version.
@yegg I tried to check if was running an old version, but on safari I'm seeing this after tapping DDG icon in the toolbar
@yegg @ghego20 Updates to existing Safari users are rolling out slowly... If you want the new one right now, the easiest thing to do is uninstall, and then navigate to https://duckduckgo.com and reinstall the new one.
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@yegg @bsstoner thx now I've the latest release