DuckDuckGo Privacy App & Extension

Privacy, simplified. Available on all major platforms.

#3 Product of the DayJanuary 23, 2018

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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Reviews

  • Eshan Singh
    Eshan SinghA young developer interested in AI.
    Pros: 

    Very simple, fun name, extremely useful !bang syntax, built-in themes, fairly reliable, good for developers

    Cons: 

    Privacy claims are somewhat exaggerated, search algorithm kind of sucks

    Seriously, the !bang syntax alone makes it worth switching. Google's site:something.com syntax is somewhat equivalent, but man oh man is it inconvinient in comparision. Code results are excellent - often it's given me a more direct answer than Google.

    Eshan Singh has used this product for one year.
  • Christian Stewart
    Christian StewartSEO & Social Media Specialist
    Pros: 

    Makes me more conscious of data privacy online

    Cons: 

    I wouldn't call the user experience great...yet.

    DuckDuckgo has created a great product. However, I think the solution to online privacy is a greater adoption of privacy practices by the top websites.

    Christian Stewart has used this product for one week.

Discussion

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Gabriel Weinberg
Gabriel WeinbergMaker@yegg · Founder & CEO, DuckDuckGo
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!
Rich Smith
Rich Smith@richjdsmith
@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.
Gabriel Weinberg
Gabriel WeinbergMaker@yegg · Founder & CEO, DuckDuckGo
@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).
Rich Smith
Rich Smith@richjdsmith
@rrhoover @yegg Awesome! Thank you for the response and for everything you're doing with DDG!
Lama Al Rajih
Lama Al Rajih@lamaalrajih
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!
Lama Al Rajih
Lama Al Rajih@lamaalrajih
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!
Gabriel Weinberg
Gabriel WeinbergMaker@yegg · Founder & CEO, DuckDuckGo
@lamaalrajih thanks! That’s already available on iOS will be soon on Android.
Lama Al Rajih
Lama Al Rajih@lamaalrajih
@yegg awesome! Will keep an eye out for the update 👀
naping
naping@naping · Developer
One of the best search engine out there. Great job! Keep up the good work and thank you!
Matteo Crippa
Matteo Crippa@ghego20 · Senior Mobile Developer
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
Gabriel Weinberg
Gabriel WeinbergMaker@yegg · Founder & CEO, DuckDuckGo
@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.
Matteo Crippa
Matteo Crippa@ghego20 · Senior Mobile Developer
@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
Brian Stoner
Brian Stoner@bsstoner · VP of Search at DuckDuckGo
@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.
Matteo Crippa
Matteo Crippa@ghego20 · Senior Mobile Developer
@yegg @bsstoner thx now I've the latest release
Pradeep Sharma
Pradeep Sharma@pradeep_io · Serial techpreneur, developer, reader
Excited to see this. Much needed. I believe users give up their privacy either because of unawareness or usability. This product enables user to take smarter decisions. Which is huge. Why? With only private search it always had been a conflict whether to give up usability or privacy. I used duck duck a lot only to realize that I have switched back to google within an year. This product may not seem to be a "whole product" or a magical solution that we all need today but this will make path and a framework for all amazing things that DuckDuck can bring in future to help users protect their privacy without giving up usability, without giving much thoughts. Much needed in 2018 and upcoming years.